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Thailand’s southernmost provinces hit by wave of arson and bombings


By PA STI (Update)

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At least 17 attacks took place in Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala provinces, mostly at convenience stores and gas stations, military spokesman Pramote Promin said.

Thailand’s southernmost provinces, which for nearly two decades have been the scene of an active Muslim separatist insurgency, were hit by a wave of arson and bombings on Tuesday night, officials said. responsible.

At least 17 attacks took place in Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala provinces, mostly at convenience stores and gas stations, military spokesman Pramote Promin said on Wednesday. Three civilians were reportedly injured. No liability has been claimed.

More than 7,300 people have been killed since the insurgency erupted in 2004 in the three provinces, the only Muslim-majority ones in the Buddhist-dominated country. Attacks also took place in the neighboring province of Songkhla.

Muslim residents have long accused of being treated like second-class citizens in Thailand, and separatist movements have been periodically active for decades. Strong repressions fueled discontent.

The attacks have been the most publicized since early April, when the Thai government and BRN Barisan Revolusi Nasional Melayu Patani, the insurgent group considered the largest, agreed to end violence during the Muslim holy period of Ramadan.


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