Muslims protests block Patani roads

April 29, 2007

Patani 28-04-2007- Angry Muslim villagers blockaded a road in Thailand’s restive Patani for several hours on Sunday to protest the killing of a religious leader in a grenade attack on a mosque.The protest by nearly 100 Muslims, mostly teenagers, in Patani came a day after Samarn Usoh, 67, was badly wounded in the attack. He died later in hospital.Police blamed separatist insurgents(eye witness confirmed saw thai army did the job) for the attack on the mosque, which is adjacent to Patani’s historic Krue Se mosque where 32 militants were killed in a shoot out with troops and police three years ago.“Protesters closed the road which is the entrance to the village. Military officers watched from their checkpoint across the road,” sources said.

The protest lasted several hours and ended peacefully.

Patani is one of the three southern provinces roiled by a three-year-old fighting for independance in which more than 2,000 people have been killed.

In a neighbouring district in Patani, about 100 villagers also blocked a road to protest the arrest of a  Muslim suspected to be involved in a roadside bomb that killed three soldiers last week, another police officer said.

The Thai Army has asked the government to send 10,000 more troops to the region bordering Malaysia, reinforcing the 30,000 soldiers and paramilitary troops already there.

But Thailand’s post-coup Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said it would take a while before security agencies would make a decision on the reinforcements.


tentera thai mengganas lagi membunuh kanak2.

April 14, 2007

14 april 2007 -Patani.

Sekumpulan tentera2 thai telah mengganas lagi di pasar malam di kg bandar patani.Dalam kejadian ini dua kanak2 di bunuh dan ramai lagi yang cedera.Kejadian ini salain dari pembunuhan terancang juga munkin dilaku kan oleh tentera yang mabuk pada hari songkran(sembah air).Kesemua yang cedera adalah kanak2.

Satu tunjuk perasaan rakyat membantah keiadian ini telah diadakan sejak pagi tadi.Penunjuk2 perasaan membawa mayat tersebut dalam perarakan.Mereka menuntut supaya tentera2 pembunuh ditangkap dan di bawa kepengadilan.


Breaking news-berita pagi

April 12, 2007

12 april 2007 jam 7.30 am

Satu letupan besar berlaku di pasar pagi  bandar jala jam 7.15 pagi.Adalah dijangka ramai tentera2 thai yang terlibat kerana dikawasan ini menjadi kunjungan tentera2 satiap pagi.Mengikut lapuran awal kawasan ini serta merta ditutup oleh pihak polis thai kerana bimbang akan bocor jumlah kematian yang sabenar. Kebiasaan pihak tentera thai tidak pernah melapurkan angka yang sabenar kemalangan dipihak meraka kerana bimbang akan melemah kan semagat orang2 thai yang lain.

Sementara itu pihak tentera telah mula membenarkan bekalan makanan dihantar ka daerah bendang setar.


April 11, 2007

Army admits southern killings

By Post ReportersMilitary spokesmen have backed off claims that insurgents ambushed a pick-up in Yala province, but say the passengers provoked irregular troops into firing on the truck, killing two 12-year-old boys and two other 25-year-old university students._______________________________________________________

Village defence volunteers attacked a pick-up truck carrying students and other passengers returning from a funeral on Monday, killing four people and wounding five, the army admitted yesterday. The shooting, in Yala’s Bannang Sata district, provoked angry protests by villagers.

“It should not have happened,” army spokesman Acra Thiproj said, adding that the incident was regrettable.

Col Acra said not all the passengers in the vehicle were students. Some were insurgent sympathisers and they had provoked the defence volunteers who were on duty.

The passengers were attacked on their way back from the funeral of the Khuen Bang Lang tambon administration organisation chief, who was shot dead hours earlier the same day.

The spokesman said the TAO official had not been killed by defence volunteers.

Three passengers died at the scene of the attack.

A fourth, 12-year-old student Sulgifli Rarana, succumbed to a serious head wound yesterday at Yala Central Hospital, a doctor said.

Several hundred angry villagers, mostly women and children, staged simultaneous protests against the shooting at three venues yesterday, demanding the government take action against those responsible.

Troops set up a road-block on a road leading to Bannang Sata district to prevent people entering the area to join the rallies.

Traffic cones and barbed wire blocked the Yala-Betong road. All motorists, including reporters, were prevented from using the section of the road between Muang and Betong districts.

Security forces feared the rally would draw people from other districts, which would make the demonstration hard to control.

“Just when we re-open the road will depend on our commander,” said an officer at the scene.

About 200,000 Muslim men aged about 15 to 20 are under close watch by the authorities in the deep South. This follows reports that insurgent leaders have been trying to persuade them to join them.

Veerasak Thipmonthien, of the National Intelligence Agency, said they had been receiving the information from local informants and authorities on the ground since the beginning of this year.

“They told us that insurgency leaders have been sending their members to meet Muslim youths in every village in the three provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, as they want these people to be their youth allies,” Mr Veerasak said at Government House.

Intelligence officials in the area and local authorities are working closely with local leaders and parents to help keep their youths in check. He said young people were vulnerable to brainwashing by insurgent leaders and were being used to stage riots and cause chaos in the region.

“They have been doing everything to make these Muslim youths distrust and hate state authorities,” Mr Veerasak said.

Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont is scheduled to visit the deep South from April 18 to 20.

The cabinet yesterday resolved to extend the enforcement of the emergency decree in the troubled region for another three months from April 19 to July 19.

Interior Minister Aree Wongarya said the extension of the decree would make it easier for local authorities to question aArmy admits southern killings

By Post Reporters Military spokesmen have backed off claims that insurgents ambushed a pick-up in Yala province, but say the passengers provoked irregular troops into firing on the truck, killing two 12-year-old boys and two other 25-year-old university students._______________________________________________________

Village defence volunteers attacked a pick-up truck carrying students and other passengers returning from a funeral on Monday, killing four people and wounding five, the army admitted yesterday. The shooting, in Yala’s Bannang Sata district, provoked angry protests by villagers.

“It should not have happened,” army spokesman Acra Thiproj said, adding that the incident was regrettable.

Col Acra said not all the passengers in the vehicle were students. Some were insurgent sympathisers and they had provoked the defence volunteers who were on duty.

The passengers were attacked on their way back from the funeral of the Khuen Bang Lang tambon administration organisation chief, who was shot dead hours earlier the same day.

The spokesman said the TAO official had not been killed by defence volunteers.

Three passengers died at the scene of the attack.

A fourth, 12-year-old student Sulgifli Rarana, succumbed to a serious head wound yesterday at Yala Central Hospital, a doctor said.

Several hundred angry villagers, mostly women and children, staged simultaneous protests against the shooting at three venues yesterday, demanding the government take action against those responsible.

Troops set up a road-block on a road leading to Bannang Sata district to prevent people entering the area to join the rallies.

Traffic cones and barbed wire blocked the Yala-Betong road. All motorists, including reporters, were prevented from using the section of the road between Muang and Betong districts.

Security forces feared the rally would draw people from other districts, which would make the demonstration hard to control.

“Just when we re-open the road will depend on our commander,” said an officer at the scene.

About 200,000 Muslim men aged about 15 to 20 are under close watch by the authorities in the deep South. This follows reports that insurgent leaders have been trying to persuade them to join them.

Veerasak Thipmonthien, of the National Intelligence Agency, said they had been receiving the information from local informants and authorities on the ground since the beginning of this year.

“They told us that insurgency leaders have been sending their members to meet Muslim youths in every village in the three provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, as they want these people to be their youth allies,” Mr Veerasak said at Government House.

Intelligence officials in the area and local authorities are working closely with local leaders and parents to help keep their youths in check. He said young people were vulnerable to brainwashing by insurgent leaders and were being used to stage riots and cause chaos in the region.

“They have been doing everything to make these Muslim youths distrust and hate state authorities,” Mr Veerasak said.

Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont is scheduled to visit the deep South from April 18 to 20.

The cabinet yesterday resolved to extend the enforcement of the emergency decree in the troubled region for another three months from April 19 to July 19.

Interior Minister Aree Wongarya said the extension of the decree would make it easier for local authorities to question and arrested suspects.

In Yala’s Muang district, Lek Pongsiriprapa, 57, was shot dead yesterday by suspected insurgents as he was driving his motorbike into town, police said.
nd arrested suspects.

In Yala’s Muang district, Lek Pongsiriprapa, 57, was shot dead yesterday by suspected insurgents as he was driving his motorbike into town, police said.

Di petik dari BangkokPost.


Mosque Blast Wounds 16

April 6, 2007

PATANI DARUSALAM: – Attackers fired a grenade into a mosque in the Malay Muslims provinces (south Thailand) Thursday, wounding 16 Muslim worshippers in an act of defiance after authorities imposed a strict curfew to contain escalating violence, officials said.

Patani freedom fighters suspected at least five soldiers were involved in the attack on the mosque in Jala Province’s Jaha district, where at least 100 people had gathered for morning prayers when an assailant fired into the building with a grenade launcher.

The attack came amid a rise in brutal attacks targeting Malay Muslims that had prompted Patani freedom fighters last month to impose a curfew in two districts, including Jaha.

An execution-style shooting of Siamese grants in a commuter van in Jaha last month and a deadly attack at an Islamic school in a nearby province triggered fears that open combat could erupt between the two communities.

The villages suspected that Thursday’s attackers were soldiers seeking to foment tensions or intimidate fellow Muslims who might cooperate with the government, said army spokesman Col. Akara Thiprot, dismissing suggestions that it could have been a revenge attack by Siameses.

“The Thais aoldier wanted to scare away Muslims who may want to cooperate with authorities in quelling violence,” Akara said. “They want to cause a strife between the Muslims and the Buddhists and make the two communities distrustful of each other.”

Several Muslim leaders in the region said they agreed with authorities and did not believe Buddhists attacked the mosque.

“The Patani freedom fighters are challenging the authorities because of the curfew,” said Nimu Makajae, an adviser to several Islamic schools in Jala province. “They want the government to respond with heavy-handedness,” which could result in Malays joining the Patani freedom fighters, he said.

Abdul Rohman Cek Hassan, chairman of the Jala Islamic council, said the attack was “like a message to pressure soldiers to choose either to support the Patani freedom fighters or the authorities.”

The Patani freedom fighters fled in a pickup truck after the attack, police said. Jala governor Thira Mintrarasak said 16 worshippers were wounded.

The mosque bombing was one of several across the region. On Thursday, a roadside bomb exploded in Menara province as a group of military officials drove past on motorcycles, injuring five of them, said police Lt. Atthawut Phetkaew.

A Siamese grant rubber tapper in nearby Patani province was shot and wounded on his way to work by a gunman on a motorcycle, police. Lt. Col. Naruecha Suwanlapha said.

On Wednesday night, suspected Patani freedom fighters torched seven schools, a teachers’ residence and a government office in Jaha district and neighboring Bendang Setar district. No casualties or injuries were reported.

Thailand’s colonia military imposed a curfew in the two districts in March — the first such curfews in the region since January 2004.

More than 2,100 people have died since January 2004 in tha malay provinces of Patani, Jala, Menara and SEnggora as a result of the Patani freedom fighters. Government measures to quell the violence have failed to make any noticeable headway.

The massacre of Siamese grants commuters, a mosque bombing and a grenade attack on a tea shop full of Muslims on March 14 left at least 10 people dead and more than 20 others wounded in Jaha.


“Palestin Timur” kian berdarah!

March 18, 2007

18 Mac 2007 sejak pagi

Lebih 400 orang penduduk menunjuk perasaan dengan mengusung jenazah mereka yang terkorban. “Palestin Timur” kian berdarah!

17 Mac 2007 – 08.00 malam

Tentera Thai telah melepaskan tembakan bertubi-tubi ke atas pelajar-pelajar Islam yang sedang berada di kawasan sekolah ugama di Kampung Pia, daerah Sabayoi. Tiga terkorban dan lebih 20 cedera.

16 Mac 2007 – 08.30 pagi

Van yang dinaiki penduduk Siam diserang hendap oleh orang-orang yang bersenjata. Kesemua penumpang termasuk seorang polis berbangsa Siam terbunuh. Pemandu van tersebut yang beragama Islam berjaya menyelamatkan diri setelah mengucapkan kalimah syahadah dengan kuat. Van tersebut dalam perjalanan dari Betong ka Yala.

15 Mac 2007 – 09.00 malam

Dengan penuh geram tentera Thai telah melepas tembakan bertubi-tubi ke arah penduduk beragama Islam yang sedang berada di dalam sebuah kedai kopi di Kampung Padang Ru. Tiga terbunuh dan 20 cedera parah. Keesokan harinya, penduduk yg terdiri dari kaum wanita dan kanak-kanak menunjuk perasaan selama dua jam sehingga disuraikan oleh Gabenor Yala dengan janji untuk menangkap mereka yang bertanggungjawab melakukan pembunuhan itu.

15 Mac 2007 – jam 08.30 malam

Penduduk beragama Islam yang baru keluar dari masjid di Kampung Baruh, daerah Jaha, Yala telah ditembak dengan pelancar bom M49 oleh tentera Thai kerana membalas dendam kematian penduduk Siam pada pagi hari yang sama. Dua terbunuh dan lebih 20 cedera.


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