Monday, September 3, 2007

Restive Report

More of the same.

Bomb, gun attacks continue in southern Thailand

Two rubber tappers were ambushed by suspected insurgents on Monday morning in Thailand's southern province of Yala while a group of soldiers were attacked by a roadside bomb, local police said.

In the early hours of Monday morning, two rubber tappers were under gun attacks by suspected insurgents who opened fire on them as they were on their way to work in Raman district of Yala province.

The husband died from his wounds while his wife received life- threatening injuries. She is now being treated at a local hospital, local newspaper the Bangkok Post said on its website.

In a separate attack in Pattani province, military officers providing security for teachers were ambushed in Mayo district. The bombs had been placed to cause maximum damage but due to its inefficiency, failed to cause any injuries or deaths.

Police are investigating both cases to bring those responsible to justice.

Thailand's three southernmost provinces -- Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani have been troubled with insurgency-related violence which has claimed more than 2,500 lives since it resumed in early 2004. Insurgents carried out some 3,000 attacks on civilians and another 1,000 against military personnel and the police. Human Rights Watch has concluded that nearly 90 percent of the victims killed in the past three years have been civilians.