“Restive” is the mainstream media’s Homeric epithet of choice for jihad activity in Thailand. Here it is applied in connection with the closing of an Islamic school that was linked to the jihadists. Imagine! An Islamic school, where presumably the students learned all about the peaceful teachings of the Qur’an and Muhammad, and yet they turned to jihad violence! Now how could it have possibly happened that the jihad ideology could have gained traction in an Islamic school? Hmm…
“Islamic school shut down, rebels kill three in restive Thai south,” from AFP :
NARATHIWAT, Thailand (AFP) – Thai authorities said Friday they have shut down an Islamic school with alleged links to separatist rebels in the nation’s restive south, where three people were killed in fresh unrest.
The licence for the Islam Burapha religious school was revoked after seven bomb makers were arrested there on Monday, said Natthaphon Vichienpres, deputy governor of Narathiwat province.
Narathiwat is one of three Muslim-majority provinces where more than 2,300 people have been killed since an insurgency broke out in January 2004.
“A provincial meeting agreed that this school is a gathering place for planning terrorist attacks and it implanted separatist ideology and used the school premises as a training ground,” Natthaphon told reporters.
An eighth man, a 43-year-old religious teacher, was also arrested Friday in connection with the boys boarding school.