Troubles in the South – May-August 2007

Crackdown On Villagers In Southern Thailand Causing More Fear - Bernama, September 2, 2007
..."My daughter was only a month old when the soldiers took away my husband. I'm at a loss now," said Arissa Sapae, 24, whose businessman husband has been sent to Surat Thani for job training.
"Job training for what? He has good income from his business and now we are suffering because there's no one to take care of the business," she said, as she waited with her daughter and four-year-old son to narrate her ordeal to human rights activists and lawyers at the recent fact-finding gathering at the Prince of Songkhla University...


Thai Govt Denies Forcing Villagers To Undergo Training - Bernama, September 3, 2007
..."The project undertaken by the military in the south is to train people. There are 368 people at these training centres now and they went there voluntarily... they were not forced," he told reporters after a video conferencing between Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont and military commanders in southern Thailand today...

Security tightened in preparation for violent attack expected during BERSATU’s annual foundation day celebration - Komchadleuk, August 23, 2007
Summary: The Chief of Yala Province’s Betong District has reported that the security forces are preparing themselves for the possibility of a violent attack in his district. There is the possibility that such an attack might be timed to coincide with the BERSATU militant group’s annual celebration of its August 31 foundation day. This date is also Malaysia’s Independence Day. Additional checkpoints have been set up on roads near the border to facilitate tighter security, and locally-based security forces are being kept on alert 24 hours a day.


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

Burned schools - June 1, 2007
Dr. Has: On the night of June 1, the insurgents burned the school building of Ban Talohzumae School, Amphur Krongpinang, Yala. It was completely damaged and they also stole five computers and other equipment. The solders had guarded the building, but when they left, the insurgents attacked immediately.


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



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

Bombing the rangers - June 1, 2007
Mr. John reports: The officers investigate the place where the assailants plant the bombs to hit the special operation rangers of "Ranger 41," Thambon Wangpaya, Amphur Raman, Yala.  11 died and one more died along this road so there were 12 dead bodies on route 410, at Betong Ban Thumnob Mu 5, Thambon Tanorputeh, Amphur Bannangsata, Yala.


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



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

Train derailment - June 4, 2007

Suspected militants derail train in Pattani and burn tracks in Yala - The Nation, June 4, 2007



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Volunteer shot dead - May 23, 2007
Mr John reports: Police investigate the scene after rebels gunned down a volunteer infantry guard of Pattani's Muang District  Dolor Jaeyah. The victim was shot while leaving his home at house number 31 of Mu 3 Ban Gruesae Village in Tanyongluloh Sub-district in Pattani Province. Two years earlier, the victim once suffered a gunfire at the same place, but he exchanged bullets with insurgents and survived. At that time villagers rushed him to the hospital while the rebels escaped...


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



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

Almost like being there: Bomb in car - May 27, 2007
Dr. Has reports: Today [May 27] at 6:30 the bomb exploded in the car of the director of Ban Kalupang School, Amphur Raman Yala.


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


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


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