Troubles in the South – June 2006

Troubles in the South - June 2006
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(Photo: Mr. John for 2Bangkok.com)
Roadside bombing - June 27, 2006
Mr. John reports: On the road in the village of Thambon Arzong, Amphur Raman, Yala, officers investigate the place where assailants planted a bomb to attack those protecting teachers. This caused 4 Raman volunteers and 1 solider to die and 1 was injured.


(Photo: A villager in Amphur Raman for 2Bangkok.com)


(Photo: A villager in Amphur Raman for 2Bangkok.com)


(Photo: A villager in Amphur Raman for 2Bangkok.com)


(Photo: A villager in Amphur Raman for 2Bangkok.com)

Almost like being there: Bombing in the deep south - June 27, 2006
Additional photos from the June 27 bombing that killed four Yala volunteers and one soldier.


(Photo: Dr. Has for 2Bangkok.com)

Celebration in Yala - June 29, 2006
Mr. John reports: At Ban Talohsumae School, Amphur Krongpinang, Yala there was a celebration for the 60th anniversary of his Majesty's accession to the throne. There was a Lamadhayat ceremony and the deputy chief came to be the chairperson of the ceremony. Lots of people come to participate.
More on Lamadhayat
More on the 60th anniversary of the King's accession to the throne

Sonthi to ease southern unrest within one year - To focus on using politics - translated and summarized from Thai Rath, June 22, 2006
As a result of the increased violence in the three southern border provinces, Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra assigned Pol. Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin, commander-in-chief, to visit Malaysia to seek measures to ease the situation.
On June 21, Yala governor Boonyasit Suwanrat, visited the Thammawittaya Foundation School in Yala district to meet with nineteen Islamic teachers (ustazes) who had previously been arrested. He asked the teachers to inform the real facts about the Islamic religion to children, youths, and ordinary people in order to help solve problems peacefully.
On the same day, the police arrested two people who were suspected of bombing a marble table located in front of Joh-I-Rong district office. The suspects refused to admit to any guilt.
Sonthi Boonyaratglin gave an interview after returning from Malaysia concerning his assignment to solve the southern unrest. He said he will focus on using politics to lead the military. Also he stated that he is not afraid of being a scapegoat, unlike his predecessors, as he understands the problems and has a perfect plan. Further, he advised the problems will be cleared within one year.

Badly serviced spy cameras fail to catch bombers - Bangkok Post, June 22, 2006
Malfunctioning surveillance cameras have been blamed for the authorities' failure to identify most of those behind the series of coordinated bomb attacks in the deep South last week. Security reports say many of the surveillance cameras supplied by Xytech Co were out of order due to a lack of maintenance, as technicians skipped routine checks because they were frightened by the ongoing violence...


(Photo: Dr. Has for 2Bangkok.com)

Almost like being there: "To be number one" - June 22, 2006
Dr. Has reports: Today, on June 22, the Office of Education, Yala, zone 1 organized the activity called "To be number one" (an anti-drug program). There are many activities such as a singing contest for the song "To be number one" that students from many schools participated in. The atmosphere is quiet because the situation is still tense making not so many people coming to join.

Army chief outlines moves to resolve southern unrest - TNA, June 23, 2006
...The army chief--recently assigned full authority to oversee the southern insurgency--said that in the last two years the Fourth Army Area Command, responsible for Thailand's southern region, had faced problems in administration and management of forces. Gen. Sonthi promised an early resolution of the problem.
Major hurdles hindering an effective response to the southern violence, he said, stemmed from differences between state agencies, each of which has carried out tasks in their own way...


(Photo: Dr. Has for 2Bangkok.com)

Almost like being there: Lamadhayat - June 22, 2006
Dr. Has reports: Today (June 22), Ban Budi School organized the activities to promote community relations and also the activity of Lamadhayat. Lamadhayat is a main ceremony for every school in the three southernmost provinces because it will ward off the bad things (the unrest in the area) and this will create morale and willpower for teachers, students, and people.


(Photo: Dr. Has for 2Bangkok.com)

South wary of Sonthi in full control - Bangkok Post, June 20, 2006
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's decision to give army chief Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin full authority to bring the restive far South under control has generated a mix of concerns and hopes among southern opinion leaders. But Gen Sonthi's army colleagues are viewing the assignment with scepticism.
They doubt it will be good for Gen Sonthi's career, but say nor will it allow Mr Thaksin and his deputy in charge of security, Pol Gen Chidchai Wannasathit, to dodge responsibility if the mission fails.
Most southern opinion leaders are concerned over reports the army commander-in-chief plans to despatch five fresh battalions to deal with the troubles in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat...

Narathiwat police nabs Indonesian bomb suspect - The Nation, June 16, 2006
Narathiwat police Friday arrested an Indonesian man who authorities suspect might behind yesterday's series of bomb attacks in the deep South.
Police found the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Zablee Hamaeruding, alone in a hut on a rubber plantation in the Rangae district of Narathiwat province. They seized bomb-making materials such as fertilizer and three kilograms of nails, Police Col. ManojIntaritkul said...

(Photo: Dr. Has for 2Bangkok.com)

June 17, 2006 incidents in the Deep South

Dr. Has reports: At 9:50 pm on June 17, a bomb exploded in the karaoke room at the Yalarama Hotel in the center of Yala. One person was killed and and two were injured. This is the second bomb that has been left at the Yalarama Hotel.

Left and below: Damage at the hotel


(Photo: Dr. Has for 2Bangkok.com)

Mr. John reports: The officers investigate the car of Mr. Mustorfa Masa-ar, a deputy chief of Kabang District, Yala (right). The bad guys planted a bomb in it which exploded while he and his wife drove from the house to park at a market near the road. The power of the bomb caused he and his wife to be seriously injured and the car was destroyed. At present they are being treated at Yala Hospital.

(Photo: Mr. John for 2Bangkok.com)


(Photo: Mr. John for 2Bangkok.com)

Example of bomb damage - June 16, 2006
Mr. John reports: On June 16, 2006 officers investigate the place where the bad guys bombed a bathroom at Amphur Kokpoe Train Station, Pattani. The power of the bomb did not hurt or cause people to die because it occurred early in the morning. Bombs went off at the same time in many places of the three southern provinces on June 16, 2006.

Thai militants seek Muslim world's attention - Reuters, June 17, 2006

Malaysia urges Thailand to stop blame game - AFP, June 16, 2006
Thailand should stop using Malaysia as a scapegoat for the insurgency in its Muslim-dominated southern states, Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said...

Lull ends in savage wave of 44 blasts - The Nation, June 16, 2006
2 dead, 25 injured; Thaksin 'lost for words' as to why authorities could not prevent attacks...


PM: Government must boost counter-insurgency measures - TNA, June 15, 2006
TNA often has unintentionally funny photos with its article. This one has a very sad-looking Thaksin.

Militants evolve as military wilts - The Nation, June 16, 2006
...It was clear that yesterday's attacks, which involved the use of small, improvised explosive devices, were aimed primarily at humiliating the local authorities, police and the armed forces. They also served to remind the local population that the cause championed by small groups of Malay nationalists to create a separate homeland in the Muslim-majority region is still very much alive, and that the government's effort to restore peace and re-establish the rule of law is not working.
...Without a doubt, yesterday's attack was another slap in the face of the country's security apparatus. Like previous incidents, our esteemed political leaders were left with virtually nothing to say - merely mumbling their way from one interview to the next, unabashedly saying how government policy has been on the right track and how things are going to improve...


(Photo: Mr. John for 2Bangkok.com)

Almost like being there: Thursday's bombings - June 15, 2006
Mr. John reports: There were bomb explosions in at least 50 points in the three southern provinces. The bombs were of both high and low power and two people were killed in Pattani. For the above photo, the officer investigates Mr. Amnan Moodor's car. Mr. Amnan is a reporter that reports Malayu news on Channel 11 in Yala. The bad guy hid a bomb in his car, but Mr. Amnan noticed something strange and the bomb exploded before he got into his car.


(Photo: Dr. Has for 2Bangkok.com)


(Photo: Dr. Has for 2Bangkok.com)

Above: Bomb damage at Yala Train Station

Left: Yala Train Station

Almost like being there: Friday's bombings - June 16, 2006
Dr. Has reports: At 6:30am today, an explosion occurred in the toilet of Yala Train Station at the same time that others went off in Pattani.... At 10:30am, explosions happened again at Raman Station and Laloh Station. All the bombs were placed in the toilets.



Porntip to file report about bodies claim - Bangkok Post, June 9, 2006
Forensic expert Porntip Rojanasunan has agreed to prepare a report on the discovery of many unidentified corpses in the deep South to a committee headed by police inspector-general Seripisut Temiyavej...
Kraisak Choonhavan, outgoing senator from Nakhon Ratchasima, told the Muang Thai Rai Sapda (Thailand Weekly) talk show, hosted by publisher Sondhi Limthongkul, two weeks ago that more than 300 unidentified corpses had been found in graveyards in the violence-ravaged southern provinces.
Chidchai Wannasathit, acting deputy prime minister and justice minister, while denying the corpses were of people killed in the southern violence, asked Pol Gen Seripisut to investigate...


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Bomb explodes - June 8, 2006
Mr. John reports: On June 8, at 2:30 pm police at Ruesor Police Station were informed that a bomb exploded on the road of Ban Balae, Ban Jor Bueza Mu 10, Thumbon Ruesor, Amphur Ruesor, Narathiwat. Five police were killed and three severely injured. The bomb was detonated by wire when two police pickup trucks were passing by on their way to escort teachers from Ban Ruesoh School home. The police assumed this was done by RKK group that have declared that they will attack the teacher safety in red areas.


(Photo: Mr. John for 2Bangkok.com)

Village safety volunteer shot dead - June 4, 2006
Mr. John reports: On June 4, Mr. Abdullah Homprasert, a 40-year-old village safety volunteer, was shot twice while he was driving his motorcycle back from sending his son to Tadika School one kilometer from his home. He always carried his gun. After investigation, it was found that two bad guys followed and shot him. When he fell, they took his gun. The police assumed they planned the shooting because the deceased had spoken out forcefully against terrorists.

What chance of reconciliation in the South? - Chang Noi, June 12, 2006
Porntip to file report about bodies claim - Bangkok Post, June 9, 2006
Forensic expert Porntip Rojanasunan has agreed to prepare a report on the discovery of many unidentified corpses in the deep South to a committee headed by police inspector-general Seripisut Temiyavej...
Kraisak Choonhavan, outgoing senator from Nakhon Ratchasima, told the Muang Thai Rai Sapda (Thailand Weekly) talk show, hosted by publisher Sondhi Limthongkul, two weeks ago that more than 300 unidentified corpses had been found in graveyards in the violence-ravaged southern provinces.
Chidchai Wannasathit, acting deputy prime minister and justice minister, while denying the corpses were of people killed in the southern violence, asked Pol Gen Seripisut to investigate...

Plan to pay civilians who shoot rebels - Bangkok Post, June 8, 2006
The governor of Pattani wants to offer cash rewards of 50,000-100,000 baht to civilians who kill or injure insurgents in gun fights. He says rewards would give people an incentive to fight back, but academics and law experts argue it would just encourage more extra-judicial killing...

Poverty in Thailand Blamed for Unrest in Muslim South - VOA, June 6, 2006
Thailand must change policy on Muslim south - probe - Reuters, June 5, 2006
An independent body which has been investigating the bloody violence in Thailand's largely Muslim south for a year said on Monday it could get worse unless the government changed its policy...

Interior Minister refuses to accept rumor about the establishment of Pattani state - translated and summarized from Krungtep Turakit online, June 1, 2006
Interior Minister ACM Kongsak Wanthana said that governors of the three southern border provinces are outlining qualifications for people who want to apply to join volunteer village security units. Currently, there are insufficient forces to maintain watches around the clock. Trained volunteers from other areas may be stationed in the three southernmost provinces until there are enough forces in the area. ACM Kongsak said that he was not aware of any additional teachers in the Yaha district of Yala province having been taken hostage. He also refused to add credence to the widely-spread rumor that green flags are shown in Pattani province to support the establishment of a Pattani state.


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