Thailand: Islamic jihadists bomb fishing competition, murdering 3 policemen

Thai jihadists“While the insurgents target mainly security forces, they also attack teachers, who are perceived as representatives of the government. Muslims are among the victims, killed by insurgents as well as Buddhist vigilantes.” In reality, “more than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency flared in 2004” — almost all of them victims of Islamic jihadists. But AP apparently feels it incumbent upon them to play a moral equivalency game — anything to exonerate Islam and jihad.

“Bombing at southern Thai beach kills 3 policemen,” The Associated Press, April 25, 2014 (thanks to Kenneth):

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — An explosion at a fishing competition Friday in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south has killed three policemen and wounded 17 other people, police said.

Police Col. Panya Karawanun said Muslim separatist insurgents are suspected of detonating a homemade bomb at a beach in Pattani province’s Saiburi district.

He said the wounded include seven policemen who were providing security at the event.

More than 5,000 people have been killed since an Islamist insurgency flared in 2004 in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces, which are predominantly Muslim. Thailand has a Buddhist majority, and southern Muslims have long complained of being treated as second-class citizens.

A large-scale effort by the army to curb the insurgents, who typically carry out ambushes and drive-by shootings, has met with limited success.

While the insurgents target mainly security forces, they also attack teachers, who are perceived as representatives of the government. Muslims are among the victims, killed by insurgents as well as Buddhist vigilantes.

Recent fatalities have included a 2-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, the son of a suspected insurgent.

Thailand: Islamic jihadists murder three, injure 55 with series of blasts
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  1. Jay Boo says

    Very soon BBC won’t be able to simply ignore atrocities committed by Muslims in southern Thailand.
    They will have to do a report on the killings.
    Expect BBC to a scathing critique of the Islamophobia of Buddhism and a thorough investigation of the quality of government in Thailand.

  2. joeb says

    I’d imagine the jihadists in Thailand are extremely emboldened by the victory of the Jihadists in the Philippines, who got themselves an autonomous region, with a Treaty of Hudaibiya thrown in (meaning jihad will resume in good time). Shame on the Filipinos for giving in to those savages.

    • thomas_h says

      Shame on the Filipinos for giving in to those savages.

      With all respect you are not being fair. Filipinos have been fighting those savages for long time and at terrible cost. They are exhausted and want peace, any peace, even an illusion of peace. They deserve more respect than us in the West who willingly open our borders to those savages and alter our laws in anticipation of Sharia. In contrast to Filipinos we are giving in to those savages without firing a bullet.

      • joeb says

        They’ve been fighting them for so long, they know what the deal is. They shouldn’t have given in, but got harder. I’m using “shame on them” as a figure of speech only, not to damn them. These savages need to be crushed with more brutality than they visit upon non-muslims. It’s the only language they understand.

  3. Elise says

    Meanwhile in Muslim dominated Indonesia, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and others of different religious faiths are treated as slaves and have no rights under government sanctions Islamic laws.

  4. Mazo says

    I notice the irresponsible journalists did not add the fact that these insurgents are ethnically Malay anywhere in the article and pretends that they are just Muslims.

  5. Michael Copeland says

    “lay ambushes for them and go after them in every strategy of hostility” (Insurgents’ Handbook 9:5)

    “Separatists … insurgents … militants”: the J-word is missing. Perhaps they have a fear of it.

  6. Kepha says

    @Mazo: I lived in Thailand for two years. Yes, there’s an “ethnic” dimension to Pattani separatism, but it is also bound up with Islam as well. A fair number of southern Thai Muslims, expecially in Satun, speak only Thai.

    This is not to say that all Thai Muslims favor separatism. Urban Muslims of South Asian and Middle Eastern extraction stay aloof from southern separatism, or condemn it, as do the Chinese-origin Muslims of northern Thailand.

    The other thing I note is that these Pattani separatists tend to be highly anonymous. This leads me to suspect that they may not have all that resonance among the people for whom they claim to be fighting; namely the ethnic Malay Muslims of southern Thailand.

    • Mazo says

      When western media reports on things like Tibet, I don’t see them saying “Buddhist”.