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Wave of violence shakes Thailand

Violent attacks in the Muslim-majority south of Thailand have some observers worried – not for the first time – that the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is in denial about the scope of the terrorist threat in the area. Just one day after attackers killed four Thai soldiers, set fire to schools and police checkposts and stole weapons near the Malaysian border, explosions killed at least three police in the south on Monday. The violence occurred despite massive security in the troublesome region, and martial law has been declared in three provinces. Yet some authorities continued to insist that the attacks were the work of “robbers”, and not Islamist insurgents. “It is too early to tell” who the culprits were, the government’s spokesman, Jakrapob Penkair, said in an interview on Monday. “These people should be called robbers” who had “no ideological” motivation, Jakrapob insisted, in reference to Sunday’s daring assault on a Thai army camp at Narathiwat Ratchanakarin that killed four soldiers. Full Story

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