Car bomb hits Thailand’s troubled south, injures 51

 
The blasts in Pattani injured at least 40 people, according to local police. (Photo: Twitter@K5_Rescue)

PATTANI, Thailand: More than 50 people including children were injured on Tuesday (May 9) when a car bomb exploded outside a supermarket in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south, police said, the largest attack for months on a civilian target there.

The Muslim-majority border region has seethed with violence for over a decade as ethnic Malay insurgents battle the Buddhist-majority state for more autonomy. Tiếp tục đọc “Car bomb hits Thailand’s troubled south, injures 51”

Thai junta rejects conditional peace talks with Muslim insurgents

BANGKOK: Thailand’s military junta on Tuesday rejected a conditional offer from the main Muslim separatist group fighting in southern Thailand to enter into formal peace talks.

The Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) said on Monday that it would be willing to enter into formal negotiations on the decades-old insurgency if certain conditions were met by the Thai government.

Among its demands were mediation by a neutral third party and the participation of international observers. Tiếp tục đọc “Thai junta rejects conditional peace talks with Muslim insurgents”

Main Thai insurgent group renews conditional peace talks offer

BANGKOK: One of the main separatist groups fighting an insurgency in Southern Thailand on Monday renewed a conditional offer to enter peace talks with the government.Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) is thought by observers to be the main faction responsible for the decades-old insurgency in the Muslim-majority southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

The conflict has claimed more than 6,500 lives since it escalated in 2004. Tiếp tục đọc “Main Thai insurgent group renews conditional peace talks offer”