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    » 09/29/2010, 00.00

    THAILAND

    Thailand, Islamic rebels disguised as policemen fire on crowd: 5 dead and 3 injured



    The attack took place yesterday evening in a village in Pattani province with a Muslim majority. Two children are also among the dead.

    Bangkok (AsiaNews / Agencies) - A group of Islamic rebels triggered a shootout last night in a village in Pattani province, killing five people including two children.

    According to initial police reports, the militants presented themselves in the village market dressed as police officers and began firing on people without distinguishing between Muslims and Buddhists.

    The attack left five dead, three people were injured and at the moment are in a critical condition. Among them a girl of 10.

    Before disappearing the attackers set fire to some vehicles.

    In Thailand, approximately 85% of the population is Buddhist. The southern provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani are home to a Muslim majority and were once an independent Malaysian sultanate . The current tensions began in 2004 because of a separatist revolt in Muslim-majority areas. In six years more than 4300 people were killed in attacks and summary killings. In the long series of deaths, the most frequent target of Islamic rebels are teachers. Muslims see state schools as an attempt to impose Buddhist culture. Since 2008 153 teachers have been killed.

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    13/09/2006 THAILAND
    Teachers in southern Thailand learning to use guns
    Targeted by Islamic rebels, many teachers go back to school to learn how to shoot. Cheap guns have been made available to them. The authorities are incapable of stemming the growing tide of violence.

    31/07/2007 THAILAND
    Queen Sirikit wants Buddhist monks to bring peace to hurting south
    Queen’s plan includes 347 Buddhist monks who have decided to move into hundreds of temples abandoned in southern Thailand as a result of violence perpetrated by Islamic separatists. Their goal is to bring peace and solidarity to a population affected by years of death and civil war.

    25/02/2013 THAILAND
    Bomb attack on Buddhist Festival, four dead and 50 injured
    The people had gathered for the traditional feast of the full moon, when a grenade exploded in the crowd, killing two policemen and two civilians. Likely target of a member of a rival gang, active in the province of Maha Sarakham. Seperatist or Islamist involvement excluded.

    23/06/2009 THAILAND
    Thailand, separatist fighters recruited in Islamic schools
    The militants play on Malay nationalism and the sense of belonging to the old sultanate on the border between Thailand and Malaysia. The fighters do not have links with international fundamentalist groups, instead operating on a local level. Yesterday a command targeted a Buddhist temple in Narathiwat province, injuring eight people.

    04/11/2008 THAILAND
    At least 60 injured by two bombs in Narathiwat
    More violence in the Muslim majority southern provinces. Since 2004, more than 3,000 have been killed.



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