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Southern insurgency State of Emergency order extended another 3 months

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With ongoing violence related to the religious separatist insurgency in the South, the State of Emergency in the Southern provinces Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani has been extended by the Cabinet for another 3 months, from December 20 to March 19.

While the ethnic and religious conflict dates back to 1948, the 3 provinces bordering Malaysia have been plagued with violence since the early 2000s with drug cartels, oil smuggling networks and even pirate raids.

In recent months, a number of rangers, police and locals in the South have been killed or injured from ambush shootings and roadside bombs.

The order, not to be confused with the nationwide Emergency Decree imposed by the prime minister to combat Covid-19, allows officials to track down and arrest insurgents, according to government deputy spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek.

Only a few districts are excluded from the emergency order: Srisakhon, Su-Ngai Kolok and Sukirin in Narathiwat as well as Maikaen and Maelan in Pattani and Betong in Yala.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Ynwaps

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    The religion of peace strikes again

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      Brian

      Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      At least this time they managed to mention that the insurgency is religious in nature. Maybe they’ll gradually work up to saying which religion is involved.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    They will never put down this until they seal the border with Malaysia.
    Any criminal or insurgency will just flee across an open border, rest, re=arm and return when it is safe. Like Geronemo, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid.

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    Ameila Leary

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    China has made many promises for development in Thailand, but the promises made with Thai have been forgotten since affecting individuals in the global chain. A shocking act on the part of China. When there is anything for its own gain, China becomes friendly. In Thailand, China’s key tactic is to establish tension between Malaysian Muslims and Thailand’s southern Buddhist, so that he can easily grab the land and make a debt trap. As Thailand needs aid during this outbreak, China has become strange to people of Thailand

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    Ameila Leary

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    this is the atrocity on
    China has made many promises for development in Thailand, but the promises made with Thai have been forgotten since affecting individuals in the global chain. A shocking act on the part of China. When there is anything for its own gain, China becomes friendly. In Thailand, China’s key tactic is to establish tension between Malaysian Muslims and Thailand’s southern Buddhist, so that he can easily grab the land and make a debt trap. As Thailand needs aid during this outbreak, China has become strange to people of Thailand
    SHfh this is not right

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    Sassy

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Its not religion.
    Its the economy stupid!
    You close all bordes.
    How can they survive?
    The south needs Malaysian money.
    South too depends on tourism.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Pattani villager shot and killed while walking home

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A 26 year old villager was shot and killed while walking along a street to his home in Pattani’s Sai Buri district, an area plagued with violence related to the religious separatist insurgency in Thailand’s “deep south.” Police say the man’s body was found lying on the road, but did not give any additional details about the case.

The Thai Cabinet recently extended the State of Emergency order in Pattani along Yala and Narathiwat, provinces that both border Malaysia, for another 3 months. Not to be confused with the Emergency Decree imposed by the prime minister to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, the order in the South allows officials to track down and arrest insurgents, according to government deputy spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek.

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Narathiwat villager shot and killed, suspected insurgent camp found nearby

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After a villager was shot and killed while he was hunting wild pigs, a military and police task force searched the area in the Southern province Narathiwat’s Si Sakhon district and found a deserted camp on Bilo mountain that they suspect was used by insurgents.

55 year old Sophon Thasuk went up to the mountain to go hunting with a group of friends. They separated, but after a series of gunshots were heard, the friends gathered at their agreed meeting spot. When Sophon didn’t return, the men reported the incident to Ranger Task Force 49.

After 3 hours of searching, rangers found Sophon’s body. He had multiple gunshot wounds. Rangers suspect the villager was killed by insurgents.

A couple days later, a search was led by a combined police and military unit. Officers found an empty campsite with 13 tents. They also found 3 spent AK47 rifle cartridges and a pipe bomb, a type of improvised explosive device known as an IED, along with several survival kits.

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4 men arrested for alleged involvement in police officer killing in Pattani

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After a large-scale manhunt, police and military investigators arrested 4 men for their alleged involvement in the murder of a police officer in the southern province Pattani, an area with ongoing insurgent violence.

The police officer was riding his motorcycle when he was shot by a pillion rider on another bike. The rider, dressed in women’s clothes and wearing a headscarf, pulled out a M16 assault rifle. When the officer fell, the attacker got off their bike and shot the officer point blank with a 9mm handgun before stealing the officer’s pistol and fleeing the scene.

Police used surveillance camera footage in the area to track down the suspects. Apparently, it was a “massive manhunt,” according to Thai PBS. A helicopter and drones were used to search for the suspects in the Nakate subdistrict.

A green motorcycle, matching the bike used by the assailants, was found abandoned in the bushes. Police say it was stolen around a month ago from Songkhla’s Thepa district.

Commander of the Pattani Task Force, Komkrit Rattanachaya, adds that the bullet casings from the M16 rifle found at the scene match bullets found at an earlier attack in the Muang district where 4 volunteers were shot and killed.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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