In the south, Islamic terrorists killed half a dozen people, most of them
Moslems, in the last few days. Thus the expected Islamic terrorist attacks
during the Buddhist New Years celebrations have been less than expected. Most
of the recent attacks have been directed at Moslems, who are increasingly
opposing the terrorists, and aiding the police.
government refuses to negotiate with the terrorists, and the terrorists
themselves have not come forward to talk. But there are several Moslem
political groups in the south that want to work out some kind of peace deal. A
group of Thai academics are holding unofficial meetings in Switzerland with two
exiled Thai Moslem separatist groups (who are believed in contact with some of
the terrorists). Most Moslems in the south just want the violence to stop. The
terrorists are pretty fanatical about establishing an Islamic dictatorship in
the south, despite the lack of support from local Moslems.
2008: In the south, a thousand police and soldiers raided 84 locations and
arrested 24 suspected terrorists. The police were looking for weapons and bombs
believed to be stockpiled for attacks during the traditional New Years
celebrations (April 10-16).
2008: PULO (Pattani United Liberation Organization), one of the Moslem
separatist organizations in the south, announced that it wanted to negotiate a
peace deal with the government. Problem is, PULO doesn't control the terrorists.
in the south, 200 police raided a village and took down a rebel bomb factory,
arresting eight suspects as well.
2008: In the south, terrorist bombs took
down two electric lines and a cell phone tower, knocking out power to several
towns. Islamic terrorists are suspected. Police fear that there will be more
attacks next week, during the traditional New Years celebrations (April 10-16).
2008: In the south, a 15 year old boy was shot dead by Islamic terrorists,
because the victim, a Moslem, was
suspected of being a police informer.
2008: Last month, security forces arrested 160 terrorist suspects in the south.