“Separatist insurgents”? Translation — Muslims waging bloody war to establish an Islamic State. Bombing during “peace talks” is iconic of the whole of the whole conflict. What peace talk with Muslims waging jihad in the cause of Islam has ever held?
“Car bomb found in Thailand on day of peace talks,”
By Liam Cochrane, ABC net, September 2, 2016:
Thai police have disarmed a car bomb near the Malaysian border, on the day of peace talks between the Thai Government and separatist insurgents in the south.
The stolen utility vehicle was filled with containers of petrol and at least one gas bottle, but did not detonate.
It was discovered in Waeng district of Narathiwat province, not far from the scene of a small explosion early on Friday morning that did not cause any injuries.
Secondary explosions targeting those responding to an initial attack have become a common tactic in Thailand’s “deep south”.
While most of Thailand is Buddhist, the southern-most provinces comprise of a Malay-Muslim majority and clandestine fighters have long fought for a separate state.
More than 6,500 people have been killed since violence intensified in 2004, according to independent monitoring group Deep South Watch.
A string of small bombs and arson attacks across seven Thai provinces killed four people and injured dozens of others last month, including several foreign tourists in the seaside town of Hua Hin.
A car bomb a week ago destroyed the front of Southern View Hotel in Pattani, killing one person and injuring 30 other bystanders.
‘A good sign military is continuing peace process’
The attempted car bombing on the Malaysian border is being seen as a message from some insurgents that they reject the peace talks underway in Kualar Lumpa today between the Thai Government and other factions of the insurgents, who do want to discuss peace.
This peace process began under former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra but quickly fell apart.
The military that overthrew Thailand’s civilian government in 2014 has restarted the peace dialogue, but the talks are boycotted by some within the National Revolutionary Front (known by the Malay-language acronym, BRN), the main fighting force within Thailand.
“It’s a good sign that the military is continuing the peace process,” said Muhammad-Ayub Pathan, senior editor of Deep South Watch.
“If they keep going step-by-step it will be a credit to them in the eyes of the world,” Mr Pathan told the ABC.
The meeting in Kuala Lumpur will focus on terms of references the peace dialogue — including what to call the umbrella group of Malaysia-based insurgents, known as Mara Patani — and calls by the Thai military for insurgents to stop attacking civilians.
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