For a jihadist, nothing says “Happy New Year” like a few drive-by shootings! “Six killed in new attacks in Thai south: police,” from AFP, December 31 (thanks to Maxwell):
PATTANI, Thailand — Suspected Islamist militants killed two soldiers and four civilians in drive-by shootings in the latest violence to rock Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, police said Thursday.
More than 4,000 people have been killed and thousands more wounded since a separatist rebellion erupted nearly six years ago in Thailand’s troubled provinces bordering Malaysia.
Two members of the rangers security force and a Buddhist civilian were killed Thursday in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat province by suspected insurgents who also took the troops’ assault rifles, police said.
Gunmen on motorbikes shot dead a 42-year-old villager as he drove home in neighbouring Pattani province, also on Thursday, said police.
On Wednesday, motorbike-riding attackers killed a 49-year-old assistant to a village chief in Pattani at a local tea shop, police said.
An hour later a district chief aged 45 was shot dead by gunmen in a pick-up truck while he was driving home from a meeting in Pattani. The shooting also injured two villagers….