11 soldiers injured in ambush in Pattani

April 26, 2007


Wed-25-04-2007
Pattani – Eleven soldiers were injured, two severely, when they were ambushed by Muslim insurgents Wednesday night, police said.

The ambush by bomb and gun attack happened at 9:30 pm on the Tali-ice-Ratapanyung Road in Tambon Tali-ice of Yaring district.

Police said the 11 soldiers were patrolling the area in a military personnel carrier and on two motorcycles when the insurgents detonated a bomb.

Following the explosion, the insurgents bombarded the soldiers with gunfire for five minutes before retreating.

The injured soldiers were rushed to the Yaring hospital.


Thailand to boost troops in restive Patani

April 26, 2007
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Wednesday April 25, 11:47 PM


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BANGKOK (AFP) – Thailand’s army-backed government said Wednesday it will reinforce troops and police in the country’s Muslim-majority patani in a bid to rein in a long-running insurgency.”The army commander (General Sonthi Boonyaratglin) told me we need to reinforce the military in order to better protect innocent lives and property,” Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont told reporters.

He said the government would also send 1,000 extra police officers to the region, as the force was currently understaffed.

Some 30,000 troops are stationed in three restive provinces along the southern border with Malaysia, but Surayud, a former general, declined to say how many more will be deployed.

The English-daily Bangkok Post said Wednesday the army would send an extra 15,000 soldiers to the south.

Major General Chamlong Khunsong, southern army chief of staff, said the new troops would be deployed on major highways — a common site of insurgent attacks — and in other high risk areas such as the jungle.

He said the southern army was currently drawing up a plan for the deployment of fresh troops in the region, and would soon submit their proposal stating how many more soldiers were needed.

“Both the prime minister and the army chief support the plan,” he told AFP.

More than 2,100 people have been killed in three years of unrest in the southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani on the border with Malaysia.

Surayud’s government, which came to power after a Sonthi led coup in September, launched a series of peace efforts, including an apology to Muslims over past abuses, in a bid to quell the insurgency.

But violence has escalated in the past six months with near-daily bombing and shooting attacks.

In the latest unrest a Buddhist man was shot dead by suspected rebels in a drive-by shooting Wednesday in Pattani.

The three troubled provinces were once an independance sultanate, until the region was annexed by mainly Buddhist Thailand a century ago. Separatist unrest has erupted periodically ever since


Perundingan otonomi di jeddah?

April 26, 2007

Ahad-22-04-2007,

Satu sumber dari Bangkok melapurkan bahawa beberapa pihak dari parti2 yang sedang berjuang menuntut kemerdekaan Patani dari  Thailand telah bersetuju untuk hadhir ka perbincangan pada bulan mei di kota Jeddah Arab Saudi.

Mengikut sumber ini di faham kan tajuk perbincangan adalah pemberian kuasa otonomi oleh penjajah Thai kapada rakyat Patani.Mereka yang sanggup hadhir ini terdiri dari kesemua gabungan parti yang bersekutu dalam kumpulan BERSATU yang pernah di ketuai oleh Dr Wan Kadir.

Perjumpaan kali ini di jangka akan menjadikan Malaysia dan Arab Saudi sabagai orang tengah.Perjumpaan untuk mendapat kan kuasa otonomi ini telah lama di perjuangkan oleh faksi wan kadir dalam kumpulan bersatu.Idea kumpulan ini mendapat restu dan sokongan kuat dan galakan dari Dr M dan Kuala Lumpur.

Pada tahun 2006 mantan PM Malaysia  Dr Mahathir Muhammad telah cuba memaksa pihak pejuang2 dengan memanggil sabahagian mereka ka Langkawi bagi menanda tangani satu memorandum kapada pemerentah Thai.Memorandum yang di karang oleh Dr M itu mengandungi permintaan dari pejuang2 untuk mendapat keampunan tanpa mahu menuntut kemerdekaaan atau otonomi.Kandungan memorandum itu juga menuntut taat setia kapada Raja Budha Thai tanpa berbelah bagi.Dr Mahathir dan keluarganya terutama Mukhriz mempunyai banyak kepentigan pelaburan di bumi Patani termasuk memiliki beberapa ratus hektar tanah.