4 soldiers killed in attack on Thailand army post
PATTANI, Thailand â€“ The military says four soldiers have been killed in an attack on their post inÂ southernThailand by at least 20 armed men.
Lt. Col. Thanit Saengchan says six other soldiers were wounded in the attack Wednesday evening on the army unit in Narathiwat province’s Ra-ngae district.
The attack came two days after a visit to the restive south byÂ PrimeÂ MinisterÂ AbhisitÂ Vejjajiva, who vowed his government’s dedication to ending a seven-year Islamist insurgency in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces. More than 4,300 people have been killed in the insurgency since January 2004.
Wednesday’s attackers also set fire to two shelters in the base and took away an unknown number of M16 assault rifles.
Al Jizz whines about “Thailand’s tropical gulag”
“Gulag” & Â “Torture” are the buzz-words, because they Â worked wonders ever since Irene Khan accused the US that Club Gitmo was some kind of substandard hotel. In this film, the usual the idiotic yuman rites tools spill their bleeding hearts for the Islamic terrorists.
Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist country but the majority of people in its three southernmost provinces, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat are Muslims and ethnically Malay in origin. For the best part of a century, heavy handed efforts to integrate them into the wider Thai state have caused resentment and sometimes open rebellion.
This situation worsened markedly in 2001 when efforts by Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand’s then prime minister, to expand his political influence in the south, infuriated separatists. They responded with attacks on the Thai military and state employees, which in turn provoked a crackdown by the authorities.
By 2005 the army had imposed martial law on the southern provinces and a loose network of separatist groups were waging a brutal guerrilla war. Since then, nearly 4,500 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in tit-for-tat attacks and hundreds of people have been arrested and detained on suspicion of links to the insurgency.
More recently the Thai government has been been pursuing a “hearts and minds” strategy to win the southern populace over. But the suspicious death of one of those detainees at an infamous army base has rekindled allegations from human rights groups that Thailand’s military have been torturing prisoners.
Filmmakers Orlando de Guzman and Andrew Marshall have been investigating the death of Sulaiman Naesa, just one of the many casualties of this conflict. Some of the images in their film may be disturbing.