“Islamophobia is the biggest threat to peace in the world today.” — U.S. “academic” Kevin Barrett in Iran’s state-run PressTV
“31 bombs explode in Thailand’s southern provinces,” from World Bulletin, October 9 (thanks to Maxwell):
Seven people were killed and 22 injured by a series of bombs across Thailand’s southernmost provinces, an official said Wednesday.
Thirty-one bombs went off in the provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla and several arson attacks were carried out late Tuesday and early Wednesday, said Lieutenant General Paradorn Pattanathabutra, secretary-general of the National Security Council.
He said that some of the bombs were planted next to ATM machines to damage the local economy, while others were planted at roadsides to target military patrols.
Five soldiers and two civilians were killed in the blasts. Another 10 soldiers and 12 civilians were wounded, Paradorn said.
Thailand is predominantly Buddhist. Opposition to central government rule in the Muslim-majority provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has existed for decades, resurfacing violently in 2004.
Since then, more than 5,200 people have been killed in the southern provinces.