Thai Jihad Update. “Militants derail train in Pattani, 18 people injured,” from The Nation:
Rail services in the deep South were halted yesterday after militants derailed a train in Pattani’s Khok Pho district. At least 18 people were injured while transport was paralysed.
Track bolts were pulled out and rails destroyed in about five locations in Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat overnight, according to Thanongsak Phong-prasert, head of the State Railway’s southern centre.
The train was en route from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Yala when it came off the tracks near Khok Pho’s Na Pradu station at about 7am.
The SRT cancelled 24 train services in the three southernmost provinces until the lines were completely repaired and the situation was back to normal, Thanongsak said.
Like their counterparts who target air travel in the U.S. and elsewhere, targeting the railway infrastructure affords the Thai jihadists a chance at a national economic impact, along with the usual loss of life and property from their attacks.
Trains from the upper part of the country terminated at Hat Yai Junction, he
Militants frequently sabotage trains and tracks in the deep South. An attack in April injured a score of passengers and halted services for days.
An ambush in Narathiwat’s Si Sakhon district killed one policeman and injured two others as they escorted teachers to school at 8.30am yesterday.
In Pattani’s Khok Pho district a roadside bomb injured a police officer on patrol at about 8.30am yesterday.