YALA, Thailand (Reuters) – A powerful roadside bomb killed nine civilians and wounded two others in Thailand’s restive deep south on Tuesday, an attack blamed on separatist insurgents, police said.
The victims were all Buddhists and were travelling in a pickup truck to hunt wild pigs when the bomb exploded in Yala, one of three predominantly Muslim provinces plagued by violence since a separatist rebellion resurfaced seven years ago….
The violence, which has been limited to the border region, is believed to be the work of ethnic Malay militants and has claimed more than 4,300 lives since January 2004.
“Ethnic Malay militants” = Islamic jihadists.
Attacks are typically drive-by shootings, ambushes and roadside blasts although car bombings and beheadings have taken place in recent years….