Islamic Terrorists Strike Thailand
At least 56 people were injured when two terrorists bombs exploded in Thailand.
The bombs were detonated at the Big C Supercenter in Muang district on Tuesday afternoon.
The 1st device hit at 2.10pm and the second shortly after. Another bomb was located at Diana department store in Muang district, Pol Col Preecha Prachumchai, a deputy superintendent at Muang police station said.
The first bomb went off near the food centre inside the Big C building and the second followed shortly after outside the building targeting those people fleeing the first bomb after shoppers and staff had left the building in panic, security authorities said.
The second bomb was concealed in a pickup truck parked outside the shopping area.
The pickup used for the bomb outside the hypermarket had Yala registration plates. Authorities were checking on the ownership.
Muslim terrorists have been behind the murder of 157 teachers in the Southern Border Provinces between 2004 and 2013, as well as thousands of civilians.
A resurgence in violence by Islamic Pattani guerrilla groups began after 2001. While the region’s traditional separatist insurgents had flags, leaders, claimed responsibility for the attacks, and made communiques, the new groups attacked more viciously and kept silent. This new development disoriented and confused the Thai authorities, who kept groping in the dark as the identity of the new insurgents in the conflict remained a mystery. Thailand held relatively free elections in February 2005, but no secessionist candidates contested the results in the south. In July the same year, the chairman of the Narathiwat Islamic Committee admitted, “The attacks look like they are well-organised, but we do not know what group of people is behind them.” Despite of the shroud of anonymity and the absence of concrete demands, revived groups, such as the GMIP, and particularly the BRN-Coordinate and its alleged armed wing, the Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK), have been identified as leading the new insurgency.
Anonymous leaflets issued by militant groups often contain jihadist language. Many young militants received training and indoctrination from Islamic teachers, some of which took place within Islamic educational institutions. Many see the southern Thai violence as a form of Islamist militancy and Islamic separatism, testifying to the strength of Malay Muslim beliefs and the determination of local people to resist the (Buddhist) Thai state on religious grounds.
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