A noteworthy change in tactics, reflecting the broader trend in jihadist warfare elsewhere in Asia and the Middle East. “Thailand: ‘Muslim’ rebels kill five soldiers,” from AdnKronos International, July 2 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Narathiwat, 2 July (AKI) – Security officials in Thailand said they suspect Muslim insurgents were responsible for a roadside bomb attack in the country’s south that killed five soldiers late Thursday.
The attack occurred in the Ruso district of Narathiwat provinces. Narathiwat is one of four southern provinces hit by a separatist insurgency that has claimed the lives of more than 4,100 people.
The bomb, containing was buried in a dirt road and detonated by wire, said Lieutenant Pairat Kiatjaroensiri, in a news report.
“The group was on night patrol in a pick-up truck when they were ambushed,” said Kiatjaroensiri.
Three of the five soldiers killed were Muslim and two Buddhist….