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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Bomb in southern Thailand kills 8 troops

Hi friends,

Bad news again about terrorism !

The soldiers were on a routine morning patrol in the Chanae district of Narathiwat province when a bomb hidden on the road exploded as their vehicle passed, said the spokesman, Col. Akara Thiprote.

After the blast, suspected insurgents attacked the vehicle with a barrage of gunfire, leaving no survivors, he said.

More than 2,700 people have been killed in Thailand's Muslim-majority southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, and some parts of neighboring Songkhla, since a long-simmering Islamic separatist insurgency flared in January 2004.

The government has made little progress in curbing the violence, despite the presence of nearly 40,000 police and soldiers.

Drive-by shootings and bombings occur almost daily, as rebels continue efforts to scare Buddhist residents away from the area.

More than 90 percent of Thailand's 65 million people are Buddhist, and many of the country's Muslims have long complained of being treated as second-class citizens.