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August 15, 2010

Islamic insurgents kill three in Thailand

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Location of Pattani province in southern Thailand. A police officer was killed in a drive-by shooting in the province.
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Islamic insurgents have shot three people in the Yala region of Thailand Saturday. This is the first fatal attack in Thailand since the start of the holy Islamic festival, Ramadan.

The first victim, a police officer, was killed after a drive-by shooting as he drove his motorcycle in Pattani. The police report he died in the hospital. The second and third victims were a Buddhist couple, killed on their way to work.

Krissada Boonrach, governor of Yala, asked the provincial security agencies to prepare for increased violence within the country as a result of Ramadan this month.

More than 4,000 people have been killed in Yala in the last six years. The insurgents, goals unclear, have killed both Buddhist and Muslims, with ties to Thailand, such as police, soldiers, government officials, and school teachers.



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October 19, 2009

Insurgent attack in South Thailand injures 24

Insurgent attack in South Thailand injures 24

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Monday, October 19, 2009

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Satellite Image of Yala, Thailand

The city of Yala, Thailand was hit by a bomb attack this morning in a fresh food market wounding 24, including three soldiers. One injured soldier is said to be in a serious condition.

The bomb was hidden in a motorcycle and detonated via remote. The police believe the bomb contained between seven and ten kilograms of explosives. Two men were witnessed parking the bike; police had checked the vehicle without detecting the bomb. It is suspected the bomb may have been detonated using a mobile phone.

This particular area of the city has been a target of local insurgents in the past; four attacks have occurred nearby and the implementation of new security measures is under consideration. These may include a prohibition on parking vehicles in front of the market, and introduction of closed-circuit television in the area.

The explosion occurred around 7:30 am local time (00.30 UTC). A range of civilians were injured in addition to members of the military; the attack is being blamed on insurgent members of the Malay-Muslim majority in southern Thailand.



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October 7, 2009

40 injured after attacks in Thailand

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

More than forty people were injured and four were killed in Thailand following attacks in the country’s south.

Suspected insurgents blew up a car bomb, weighing 30 to 50 kilograms, on Tuesday at a hotel in Sungai Kolok, a small city in the Narithiwat province. They also threw grenades and opened gunfire on two restaurants in the vicinity.

“The bomb was hidden in the passenger car and detonated by radio signal,” said Colonel Parinya Chaidilok, an army spokesman. He added that the car the bomb was hidden in had a false licence plate and managed to pass a bomb detection machine screening.

27 people were injured and one person was killed by the bomb, police reports said. Half a dozen shops and eight cars were also damaged by the detonation.

Sungai Kolok is a town on Thailand’s border with Malaysia. It has been a frequent target for separatist attacks over the past few years.

The South Thailand insurgency, is supported by some of the Muslims who make up 90% of the population living in the provinces. The region, that was a semi-autonomous Islamic sultanate until 1902, has suffered violence for decades, however it has been escalating since 2004 with increasing tension between Muslims and the Thai army resulting in 3,600 deaths.



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July 17, 2007

Police officer killed, at least 18 injured in south Thailand blasts

Police officer killed, at least 18 injured in south Thailand blasts

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

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A police sergeant was killed and at least 18 people were injured in a pair of bomb blasts today in southern Thailand.

Taking place in Yala, the capital of one of Thailand’s three southernmost provinces, the first blast, at around 8 a.m. local time (0100 GMT), resulted in no injuries, but drew police and journalists to the scene. Then, about 30 minutes after the initial blast, a second, more powerful bomb went off.

The explosion tore through shops and a motorcycle taxi stand at a major intersection across the street from the city’s railway station.

Police Sergeant Subin Pruekmongkol, 48, who lost his arms and legs in the blast, was taken to Yala Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

At least eight other police officers were wounded, two of them seriously, while four local journalists were also taken to hospital. The injury tolls varied widely, with local news reports saying at least 18 people were injured, while CNN reported that up to 32 people had been hurt.

Police said the first bomb was hidden inside a motorcycle helmet and placed in the front basket of a motorbike. The second blast was set off remotely after people had flocked to the blast site. This tactic of using a smaller bomb as a lure, followed by a second stronger bomb, has become more common in the south Thailand insurgency. Since attacks by separatists in Thailand’s Malay Muslim-majority provinces flared up in January 2004, there are have about 2,000 people killed in bombings and almost-daily drive-by shootings.

In a separate violence earlier today in Yala Province, a man was fatally shot in front of a tea shop in Yaha District.

In Bangkok, the central government’s Cabinet agreed to extend an emergency law in the southern provinces for another three months. The current round expires on Friday. The emergency powers, which are set for three-month periods, were first enacted in 2005. Among other powers, the decree allows officials the authority to detain suspects for up to 30 days without charge. About 350 suspects have been rounded up and detained under the law in the past few weeks, according to The Nation newspaper.

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June 17, 2007

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Vietnam reports first bird-flu death since 2005

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A 20-year-old man from Ha Tay Province, northern Vietnam, died of H5N1 on June 10, in a Hanoi hospital, Vietnamese state-run media reported yesterday.

The death from the strain of avian flu was the first in Vietnam since 2005. Four other people are known to be infected with the virus since last month.

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Protest leaders deliver message to Thai junta

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Leaders of daily demonstrations against the military government of Thailand delivered a message today to the Council for National Security, calling on the junta to resign immediately and allow elections to go forward.

The protest leaders had planned a mass march of around 10,000 people yesterday from the Sanam Luang staging ground in Bangkok to army headquarters, but decided against it when heavy rains hit, reducing the demonstration’s numbers.

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Seven arrested in southern Thailand

Provinces in southern Thailand hit by insurgency.

Police in southern Thailand said today they have arrested seven suspects in the insurgency in a raid in Yala.

Violence was also reported in neighboring Narathiwat, where the 16-year-old son of a teacher was gunned down at a grocery shop in Tak Bai district. Also in Tak Bai, a school was burned.

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468 slaves in Chinese kilns freed, boss arrested

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A massive police investigation in China into the enforced labor in Shanxi province has led to the discovery of at least 468 slaves, as young as 14, press-ganged into working in brick kilns.

Yesterday, police captured Heng Tinghan, the boss of the brick kiln, who is accused of starving and beating workers.

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June 15, 2007

Seven soldiers killed in southern Thailand ambush

Seven soldiers killed in southern Thailand ambush

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Friday, June 15, 2007

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A roadside bombing and ambush attack today in southern Thailand killed seven Royal Thai Army soldiers and left one injured.

Blamed on Muslim insurgents, the attack in Bannang Sata district, Yala, was similar to one on May 31, in which 12 soldiers were killed in one of the deadliest days of the south Thailand insurgency.

Today’s attackers took M16 rifles belonging to the dead soldiers. As they retreated, they laid spikes on the roads to stall any pursuers. A helicopter was dispatched to airlift the victims.

The soldiers were part of a unit assigned to protect public school teachers, who are frequent targets of attack. Earlier in the week, four teachers were killed by gunmen and 13 schools burned in arson attacks.

Human Rights Watch issued a report today, saying it believed those responsible for the attacks are separatists.

“Insurgents are terrorizing teachers and schools, which they consider symbols of the Thai state,” Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement, quoted in the Bangkok Post. “These attacks are grave crimes and cannot be justified by any cause.”

In another attack overnight, three local Muslim leaders were killed and a fourth man in an ambush and shooting attack on their car in Mai Kaen district, Pattani.

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June 14, 2007

Wikinews Shorts: June 14, 2007

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14 injured in bombing at soccer match in southern Thailand

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A bomb blast during a soccer match at stadium in Pattani injured 14 police officers who were providing security for the game between two local teams.

Police said the bomb was placed inside a flower planter and detonated via cellphone, and that five officers were seriously injured.

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80th bird-flu death confirmed in Indonesia

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A 29-year-old man in Riau was confirmed today to have died of the H5N1 strain of avian flu, making him the 80th person in Indonesia to die from the virus.

“Before showing bird flu symptoms, he slaughtered and cooked sick chickens,” Muhammad Nadirin of the Health Ministry’s Bird Flu Center was quoted as saying by Kyodo News.

Indonesia has the highest number of human deaths from H5N1, and the highest number of cases at 100.

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Myanmar reports outbreak of bird flu

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An outbreak of H5N1, the avian flu virus, was reported today by a livestock official in Myanmar. He said about 1,000 chickens were slaughtered after the virus was found on June 3 in 28 chickens on a farm in Bago, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) north of Yangon.

It is the first outbreak of the bird flu in Myanmar, also known as Burma, since April.

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Hamas takes control of Palestinian Presidential compound

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Hamas has said that their forces have taken control of the main compound of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas located in Gaza City.

Abbas was not in the compound at the time.

Reports also say that Fatah members fled the compound just before it was attacked.

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June 11, 2007

Wikinews Shorts: June 11, 2007

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U.S. Open registration begins

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Registration for the U.S. Open golf tournament is under way at Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh.

The course is regarded by players as one of the toughest. The tournament starts in earnest on Thursday, with the first tee-off at 7 a.m. (0300 UTC). Among the players signing up was Tiger Woods, who is looking for his third U.S. Open win, and his first since 2002.

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Three teachers shot in southern Thailand

Officials said they would close 50 school indefinitely in southern Thailand’s Narathiwat Province after three teachers were fatally shot today in attacks blamed on Muslim insurgents.

Two female teachers, both Buddhist, were fatally shot while on lunch break at Bansako School in Si Sakorn. A male teacher from another school was gunned down while buying cigarettes at a store in Ra-ngae.

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Scores killed in Bangladesh floods, mudslides

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At least 86 people have been killed in mudslides, flooding and lightning strikes in Bangladesh, as heavy rains fell on Chittagong. Most of the victims died when rain-triggered landslides swept away shantytown villages.

The monsoon rains have ensued since yesterday and were expected to continue for several more days. In just a few hours, meteorologists said more than 7 inches (20 centimeters) of rain fell.

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Cameras keep watch on Malaysian civil servants

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Closed-circuit television cameras are being used in Terengganu state, Malaysia, to monitor the activities of government civil servants, and keep them on the job, instead of taking long tea breaks, The Star reports.

“We would know if they are adhering to office etiquette or playing truant and we can also gauge if they are disciplined at work,” state secretary Mokhtar Nong was quoted as saying by The Star.

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June 9, 2007

Wikinews Shorts: June 9, 2007

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Malaysian prime minister marries

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Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi married Jeanne Abdullah in a private ceremony today at Seri Perdana.

Premier Abdullah, 61, has been a widower since October 2005, when his wife of 40 years, Endon Mahmood, died of breast cancer. Jeanne, 53, is a hotel management professional who has served as a supervisor at the prime minister’s official residence in Putrajaya.

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Two killed, nine hurt in South Thailand violence

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Two men were fatally shot today in Narathiwat Province in southern Thailand. The men were riding a motorcycle and were fired upon by gunmen who were waiting along the road.

Also in Narathiwat, a roadside bomb went off, injuring five Royal Thai Army soldiers. Three soldiers were wounded in an ambush attack. And, one police sergeant was seriously injured in a drive-by shooting.

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Thailand deports 163 Hmong to Laos

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Thailand today sent 163 Hmong people back to Laos, handing them over at the Vientiane-Nong Khai border point.

Thailand says the 163 entered the country illegally, but the Hmong said they were seeking political asylum, because in Laos they face persecution for their role in the Laotian Civil War, in which the Hmong sided with the United States in a war against the communist Pathet Lao. On Monday, Hmong military leader Vang Pao and eight others were arrested in the U.S. in a plot to overthrow the Laotian government. Thai officials said today’s deportations were routine, and were not linked with the Vang Pao case.

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June 8, 2007

One killed, 28 injured in south Thailand bombing

One killed, 28 injured in south Thailand bombing

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Friday, June 8, 2007

One person was killed and at least 28 injured in a bomb attack today by suspected Muslim insurgents at a crowded tea shop in southern Thailand.

The bomb, placed inside a bag in a telephone booth near the shop in the provincial capital Yala, exploded at about 8 p.m. local time (1300 UTC).

The dead woman was a 24-year-old Buddhist, police said. The religions of the other victims were not immediately known. Among the injured, at least five were hurt seriously.

“Two men on a motorcycle placed a bomb inside the phone booth. Immediately after they left, the bomb exploded,” Police Colonel Poompetch Pipatpetchpoo was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse.

Another officer said the bombing came at a peak hour for the tea-shop trade in southern Thailand.

“The assailants seized an opportunity to stage an attack when police and soldiers were taking a rest,” Police Lieutenant Colonel Jirasit Lomae was quoted as saying by Associated Press. He said security personnel had been standing guard at a trade fair in the province.

Drive-by shooting, roadside bomb, schools burned

In neighboring Narathiwat Province, a government official and another man were killed and a third injured in a drive-by shooting.

Hami Wani, 45-year-old deputy headman of Ban Salo village, was fatally shot at around 1 p.m. (0600 UTC) as he was driving home. An assistant was also killed, and another injured.

Also in Narathiwat, two Royal Thai Army soldiers were injured in a roadside bombing. The soldiers were part of a six-man teacher-protection unit.

Overnight in Krong Pinang, Yala Province, a school was burned by a group of around 20 men who came onto the grounds and overpowered 10 volunteers assigned to guard the school. It was the second school burned in an arson attack in a week in Yala.

Train service resumes

The State Railway of Thailand resumed train service today on its southern lines after repairs were made to tracks that were sabotaged earlier in the week. Security has been beefed up, with plainclothes and uniformed officers on trains, in stations and patrolling the railbeds and trestles. Railway officials said ridership was down following the attacks.

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