Coordinated Bombs Rock Thailand
While Muslims across the globe are obeserving Ramadan, some 'others' detonated more than 20 homemade explosives across Thailand’s south, the army said Monday.
The mainly Buddhist kingdom’s southern border provinces have been plagued by a 14-year fight between ethnic Malay militants and the Thai state that has left nearly 7,000 dead.
On Sunday suspected rebels launched their most sweeping attack in recent months, striking 14 ATM booths, two electricity poles and other public spaces and security posts.
No one was killed by the blasts, which went off across the four Muslim-majority provinces bordering Malaysia, but the coordinated offensive marked a brazen challenge to the ruling junta’s efforts at peace negotiations.
“They always look for a way to create chaos and inconvenience,” army spokesman Colonel Pramote Prom-in said of the insurgents.
“This time they went after the easy targets,” he added.
Attacks are common during the Muslim fasting period of Ramadan, which began last week.
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