Just in case you were wondering if southern Thailand is still “restive,” it sure is. Also, as usual, “War is deceit.” “Five people shot dead in Thailand,” from Agence France-Presse, December 4 (thanks to Dumbledoresarmy):
Suspected Islamic militants shot dead five people in attacks across Thailand’s restive south, including one Muslim man gunned down by a gang apparently dressed as soldiers.
The 36-year-old deputy village headman was killed after three gunmen dressed in clothing resembling military uniforms broke into his house in Narathiwat on Friday evening, according to police.
In the same province a 43-year-old Buddhist man, who worked with the local irrigation office, was also shot and killed at his home.
A 55-year-old Muslim government worker also died on his way back from afternoon prayers in a drive-by shooting in Pattani province.
Another shooting in Pattani killed a 32-year-old security volunteer who was driving a motorcycle. His wife, who was a passenger on the vehicle, was seriously injured.
In Yala province, a 41-year-old Muslim man was shot dead while returning from working at a rubber plantation on Friday afternoon.
A separate gun attack at a village tea shop in the province, left a 38-year-old Muslim man seriously injured.
Suspected Islamic insurgents have waged a violent separatist battle in the region since early 2004, targeting Muslims and Buddhists, civilians and security personnel.
Non-governmental organisation Deep South Watch, which provides information on the conflict, said over 4,400 people have died in more than 10,000 attacks since the violence broke out in January 2004. Over 7,000 have been injured.
Activists say that while the militants are fighting against the rule of mainly Buddhist Thailand’s central government, many Muslims who are considered “traitors” to Islam, for co-operating with Thai authorities, have been killed.
And jihadists murder with a sense of impunity there because the penalty for apostasy from Islam is death: Muhammad said so.