Increasingly, Moslems are the ones being shot dead by unknown gunmen
in the south. There are also increasing use of roadside bombs against
soldiers and police, who patrol regularly in vehicles. Some of the attacks on
Moslems are by Islamic terrorists, trying to keep Moslems from cooperating with
the police. But some of the attacks on Moslems are by non-Moslems seeking
revenge. It's also feared that the police are using death squads to go
after suspected terrorists. Thai police have used this method before, most
dramatically in a crackdown on drug gangs. This sort of thing is illegal, but few
policemen are prosecuted when it becomes known that police are involved.
13, 2007: Malaysia has agreed to be more cooperative in catching Islamic
terrorists who hold both Malaysian and Thai passports, and move across the
border to commit terrorist acts in southern Thailand. It is believed that many
of the south Thai killers are based in Malaysia.