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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse22 Jan 2019 9:04 p.m. PST

… what's next?

"Bangkok, Thailand – In the latest of a series of fatal attacks in Thailand's southernmost provinces, a group of assault rifle-wielding attackers on Friday stormed a Buddhist temple, killing two monks and wounding two others.

The evening assault took place at Wat Rattananupab temple in Su Ngai Padi district of Narathiwat province, an area located in the heart of Thailand's deep south where ethnic Malay separatists have been waging an armed campaign for independence for decades…."
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john snelling23 Jan 2019 6:43 a.m. PST

Who: Muslims
Why: Religion
What's next: more killing

Back in 2004 this happened. The clashes erupted at dawn as Muslim extremists, many wearing black or dark green uniforms with red headscarves and wielding machetes, attacked 15 locations in the provinces of Yala, Pattani and Sonkhla. At least 107 militants were killed and 17 captured. Five soldiers died.
The central aim of the raids on 15 defence outposts and district offices was to steal weapons, according to police. The attacks left scores of bodies – shown on national television – lying in pools of blood, many in front of sandbagged police stations.

Thais do not take this lightly.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse23 Jan 2019 12:02 p.m. PST

So… a blood bath….


Oberlindes Sol LIC23 Jan 2019 1:20 p.m. PST

That 2004 violence was met in part with mass arrests by the Thais, including stacking arrested men like cordwood in the backs of trucks. I don't know how many were killed by simply being crushed, nor whether that tactic deterred more terrorists/freedom fighters than it recruited.

There is a long history of conflict between the Thais and Malays in this region.

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