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Surge of violence over the weekend in Thailand’s deep south

Caitlin Ashworth

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Multiple shootings and attacks on rangers and police officers were reported over the weekend in Narathiwat, a province in Thailand’s deep south bordering Malaysia that has been plagued with violence for years due to the religious separatist insurgency. In one recent report, the Bangkok Post said the attacks are part of a “fresh wave of southern violence.”

Last night, a gunman fired shots at the Bacho police station. No officers were injured. Bullets from the gun hit a power pole, signboard and a parked car outside the station. Officers investigating the scene found round 20 spent cartridges of M16 and 9mm ammunition by a nearby home.

The Bacho police chief Dulyaman Yaena suspects the shooting is related to an incident from over the weekend where a grenade exploded at a police residence in the Rueso district. The explosion damaged 3 vehicles. No one was injured.

In another incident over the weekend, 2 rangers were injured in a bomb explosion while riding in a pickup truck in the Rangae district. Rangers called to the scene to investigate found pieces of an improvised explosive device, or IED, made from a 25 kilogram gas cylinder. The rangers were sent to Rangae Hospital.

A police checkpoint between Narathiwat and Pattani was ambushed on Saturday. Assailants fired 20 shots at police. No one was injured.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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46 Comments

46 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Grumpy John

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    I think the solution to the problem is simple. All moslums in Thailand return to Malaysia from whence their forebears came many decades ago. Build a fence (Israeli style) along the Southern border, have a guard post every kilometre, have sound detectors, CCTV cameras and real mine fields and have a shoot to kill policy for those that force entry. Only allow Malaysians 7 day tourist visas obtainable from the Thai embassy. No VOA.

    This is probably the only way it’s going to stop the violence and killing.

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      But their forbears didn’t come from Malaysia many moons ago, Grumpy J – the Southern Border Provinces are where they’ve been from going back to time immemorial.

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        John is My Biggest Fan

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:17 am

        Muslims haven’t lived in the region since “time immemorial”. The region was once a Hindu-Buddhist kingdom known as Pan Pan, after that it was the Langkasuka kingdom. Islam arrived on the Malay peninsula and Indonesia in the 13 century.

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:42 am

          … ummm … they have, but they weren’t “Muslims”.

          Same people, same “forbears”, but with a different religion.

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            John is My Biggest Fan

            Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 8:56 pm

            I didn’t say they were “Muslims”. I said Islam arrived on the peninsula in the 13th century – which it did.

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        Alan

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:50 am

        Islam does not go back to time immemorial. It is the newest religion of absolute monotheism. Except of course for the recent arrival arising out of Shia Islam, the Bahai Faith.

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      Lara

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      They didn’t come from Malaysia, they’ve always lived here. Thailand occupied their territory (the Sultanate of Patani) and has been messing with them for decades.

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        Alan

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:43 am

        That’s no excuse for blowing people up.

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      Baroness

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:04 am

      I can already read the headlines of the world mainstream media. The Rohingya crisis would then become “small potatoes”.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    All border security, and control will be bypassed with a thin rectangle objet – a brown envelope.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    When will governments and officials around the world see that MUSLIMS are the problem in every country!! Their spreading like rats around the world and don’t fit into society

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      Lara

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      Excuse me?! They’re not “spreading” anywhere, they always lived there. Thailand just up and invaded them, and now wants them to speak Thai and celebrate Buddhist holidays

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        Michael

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:32 am

        Ok, he is wrong about that part of Thailand. But right about many other countries.

        Let’s be honest… There is no country in the world with a muslim majority with peace, democracy, freedom of religion, freedom of press, freedom of speech etc. Indonesia is close, but is going downhill. All other countries are how I described. Dictatorships.

        Immigrants from these countries sometimes flee, for a better live. But after they arrived you can see where they came from. They try to take their ideas from their home country, and force that upon the people living in their new country.

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          Sanuk

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 3:52 am

          Your bigotry is unreal.
          There are plenty of Muslim countries that are democratic and void of persecution and violence. Malaysia, Indonesia, Morocco, the UAE etc.
          Get off your high horse and use your intellect.

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          Anna

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 8:03 am

          What about Maldives 100percent muslim

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:12 am

          Damn right, Michael.

          Why should anyone else be allowed to “take their ideas from their home country, and force that upon the people living in their new country”?

          That’s our job! How dare they!!! 😮 😮 😮

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          James R

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:51 pm

          Michael

          I know very few farangs in Thailand who can speak Thai, I don’t mean just a few words or sentence.

          They want everyone else to speak English even if they have lived on temporary annual visas for many years.

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      Albert

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:02 am

      Bigsleazypappa: your comment is just stupid

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      Johnnie Dee

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:13 am

      Everyone has opinions that’s how we roll but Bigsleazypappa you are definitely right and Albert you are stupid so there you go!! Freedom of speech!! Barry and Ian definitely right too

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:07 am

      You tell ’em … why can’t they be like us God fearing white folk … we’ve never spread around the world …

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    Barry Betts

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    I think a culling is due around the world !!

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    As the famous American politician once said not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are muslims

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      Gosport

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 8:41 pm

      Who is the famous USA politician? Who bombed Iraq? Who bombed Afghanistan? Terrorists or liberators? All depend upon who can prevaill.

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        Michael Cooksey

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:11 pm

        Indeed. I wonder what American revolutionaries were called in England?

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      Sanuk

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 3:54 am

      If you study the history of the last 100 years, the biggest terrorists are secular regimes and western countries. But you are too much of a bigot to see that.

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      J West

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:05 am

      Churchill was attributed a similar quote, “ The only peaceful Muslims are the ones who’ve run out of bullets’. The increase in extremist Islam over the past 30 years, IMHO, has not been a positive for the average citizen. Head-sacking women and now even prepubescent children was unheard of, now common. Orthodoxy has brought a resurgence of the second ( much more oppressive and bloody version) Meccan Quran wherein zero tolerance for non Muslims extant. Islam has become increasingly violent since the bloody Sack of Mecca by Muhammad’s army . The worst of Islam has been encouraged into Jihad by modern access to technology and migration facilitation.

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    Baroness

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    There are Thai Muslims living all over Thailand, not only in the southern provinces.
    So you would need to apply the British plan used in India, Occidental and Oriental Pakistan.
    We all remember the bloody wars which happened between Islamists and Hinduists after the resettlement’s started.
    On top of mass exodus for resettling the Hinduists in Oriental Pakistan and the Islamists in Occidental Pakistan one can observe the results 50 years later: Bangladesh (former Oriental Pakistan) became totally islamist.
    As we know Islam has one goal: to control the countries from the Atlantic Ocean (Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, etc… to the Pacific Ocean (Indonesia as well as the southern Phillipines). They have settled along the coast of the Indian Ocean from Durban to Singapore. The missing links are Myanmar and India (Thailand being well Islamized south of Ranong). Borneo is already totally Muslim with Brunei enforcing the sharia law (for the population but not for the Sultan’s family, of course).

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:19 am

      That’s it Baroness – apply “the British plan”!

      “As we know Islam has one goal: to control the countries from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean” and we can’t have that – if they control them how are we going to control them???

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        James R

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:55 pm

        Issan John

        You are living in the past, the British Empire went a very long time ago, we do not control anything but our own trousers at the moment and most British men are under the thumbs of British women anyway as far as I can see.

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    Barry Betts

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 3:59 am

    Bradford, Leicester,Luton etc etc and that’s only in England they are spreading like rats I agree with the early comment and another comment of all terrorists are Muslims correct on that matter too!! Their trying to preach their evil I feel sorry for the children of the next generation it will only get worse FACT

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:04 am

      Just as well the West’s never sent any missionaries preaching anywhere … 😮

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        John is My Biggest Fan

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm

        That’s right, Johnny, “the West” hasn’t sent missionaries anywhere. Missionaries come and go on of their own volition.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:04 am

    They won’t be happy until they’ve got shariah law around the world preaching their hatred to all white people they hate us

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:22 am

      “preaching”, preaching everywhere – how dare they!

      That’s our job!!!

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    Barry Betts

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:15 am

    I’m just wondering if Lara or Alberto would live in Bradford with streets upon streets full of them??

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:27 am

      You tell ’em!

      Next thing you know they’ll be moving to Pattaya and there’ll be streets upon streets full of them 😮

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    Shemozzel

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:47 am

    What a load of ignorant bigoted hate filled bile.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:00 am

    How many terrorists were Muslim before the West decided to force its ways on the East?

    Just asking …

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    Sarah W

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Freedom of speech is great with us but in other areas not welcomed!! Islam is a extremely dangerous religion cult whatever freedom of speech people can call it. In any country the power of the law is upmost. When you see what’s happening around the world with the Muslim population it’s scared. They don’t have intelligent minds religion is everything to them. They would rather kill innocent people than live that can’t be right. They don’t respect life!!

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    Sarah W

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    There’s a new breed of terrorism that’s been growing for some years now. They don’t give a damn about life I suppose that sums them up really.

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    Boris

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    Move all the Muslims to isaan see what they say then. Nobody wants them if truth be known their a dangerous breed who don’t care about civilisation

  15. Avatar

    Sarah W

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Have you forgotten about the twin towers John from isaan I lost 2 of my friends in that appalling Islamic attack

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    Barry Betts

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    We don’t want them in Pattaya isaan man

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    Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    It’s quite refreshing to see folk exercising their rights and how they feel…I’m all for it!

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    Boris B

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Sanuk and shemozzle I wonder if you two are going to save you’re sister from Dubai you’re princess I doubt very much!!

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    Ron

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Makes you wonder how Thailand can be so safe and peaceful, while being surrounded by misery in Myanmar, Cambodia and the deep south. Yet a powerful army can’t handle any of the cases.

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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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