An Islamic school is suspected of being a training ground for jihadists in Thailand. Can you imagine that? That Karl Rove will stop at nothing!
“DNA collected from student ‘bomb makers,'” from Agence France-Presse (thanks to JE):
THAI police have collected DNA samples and fingerprints from 150 students and teachers at an Islamic school that authorities suspect was a training ground for insurgents.
The Islam Burapha School in Narathiwat town has been closed since July 2 after police arrested seven suspected bomb makers there.
Authorities have asked all 800 students and teachers at the school to voluntarily give DNA samples, fingerprints and personal details to help police in future investigations.
Thailand’s top forensics expert, Porntip Rojanasunan, who is leading the DNA collection process, said the information could be used to clear people’s names if police wrongly accuse them of involvement in future attacks.
“This is to verify which people are and are not involved with the violence in the future,” she told reporters.
Meanwhile, a 45-year-old teacher at another Islamic school was gunned down early Sunday in nearby Yala province, while his wife was injured and taken to hospital, police said.
In Narathiwat province, a 51-year-old railway worker was also killed at the morning market.
More than 2,400 people have been killed and thousands more injured in separatist violence that has rocked the region along the southern border with Malaysia for more than three years.