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Thai Officials Probe Tie To Al Qaeda in Attacks

Thai officials are investigating whether a wave of bomb and arson attacks in southern Thailand, a predominantly Muslim region, is linked to al Qaeda, the country’s new national security adviser said Thursday. Retired Gen. Kitti Rattanachaya said security officials speculate that the attacks, which have killed four soldiers and two police officers and burned 20 schools, were the work of local separatists possibly linked to regional militant networks such as Jemaah Islamiah, an affiliate of al Qaeda. Jemaah Islamiah has been accused of bombing two nightclubs on the resort island of Bali in 2002 and the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta last August. The Bali bombings killed more than 200 people, most of them foreign tourists. Full Story

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