The jihad continues in Thailand, not often with large-scale attacks, but one ambush or bombing at a time. “Two killed in attacks in Thailand’s south: police,” from Agence France-Presse (thanks to Dumbledoresarmy):
Separatist militants in Thailand’s troubled south have killed two men in separate attacks, provincial police said.
“Separatist militants” whose affiliation, of course, cannot be named.
A 27-year-old Thai man working as the assistant chief of his village council was shot dead in an ambush while on his way to work in Pattani province on Tuesday morning (local time), they said, adding that he was beheaded.
Two hours earlier, also in Pattani, three soldiers on patrol were wounded in a roadside bomb attack.
In Yala province a 21-year-old Muslim paratrooper was gunned down Monday evening in an attack on his outpost in which one of his colleagues was injured, the police said.
More than 3,400 people have been killed since separatist unrest erupted four years ago in the south. Tensions in the region have simmered since Thailand annexed the mainly ethnic Malay sultanate in 1902.
Key word: Sultanate. And that’s about the closest we get to any mention of an Islamic aspect of the conflict.