Note also AFP’s casual placing of blame for the conflict on the non-Muslim Thais who imperialistically annexed the Malay Sultanate, thus provoking tension. AFP does not mention, of course, that the Malay Sultanate was making war against the Siamese during the war between Siam and Burma, and Thailand conquered it in that context — making it Thai by a right of conquest that has been universally recognized throughout human history — except, of course, when it comes to Israel and to any Muslim land that is conquered by non-Muslims.
“Militants killed, body torched in Thailand violence,” from AFP, March 26 (thanks to JE):
Separatist militants have shot dead four civilians in southern Thailand, torching the body of one female victim, while two insurgents were killed in a clash, police say.
The 48-year-old Thai Buddhist woman was killed in a drive-by shooting in restive Yala province on Thursday afternoon.
The rebels then doused her body with benzene and set it ablaze, said police….
Separately, gunmen shot dead a 46-year-old Buddhist woman and left her 70-year-old husband in a critical condition in an attack on their grocery store in Narathiwat province on Thursday.
Militants then detonated a bomb inside the shop as police investigated the shooting, injuring three police officers.
A Buddhist man was also killed in a drive-by shooting in Pattani on Wednesday, police said.
More than 3,600 people have been killed and thousands more injured in five years of separatist violence in the Muslim-majority provinces near the Malaysian border.
Buddhist-majority Thailand annexed the mainly Muslim, ethnic Malay area in 1902, sparking decades of tension and mistrust.