Friday, November 10, 2006

Auto de Fe - Muslim Style

Bombings target vehicle showrooms in southern Thailand

Insurgents have set off a series of bombs in car and motorcycle showrooms in Thailand's south, injuring up to 13 people.

At least eight showrooms in the town of Yala were targeted simultaneously at about lunchtime. The bombs were hidden inside display vehicles.

Separatist groups are believed to be responsible for the attacks which mirror a coordinated bombing campaign two months ago; more than 20 banks were hit in and around Yala in those attacks.

Elsewhere in the province, there have been reports that some Buddhists have died after being attacked by Muslim insurgents.

Twenty-four Buddhist families have reportedly sought refuge in a temple.

Insurgent attacks have become a daily occurrence in three southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani.

Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont has visited the region twice in the past week, and has made a number of concessions to Muslim and separatist groups. (ed note: this is a mistake, pal. read some history. down through the ages appeasement has never worked.)

BTW - could someone please explain to me why we call them "insurgents" and not Islamic terrorists again?