Because the insurgency started in 2004, greater than 7,300 individuals have been killed in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, the one provinces with Muslim majorities in Buddhist-dominated Thailand. Assaults have additionally taken place in neighboring Songkhla province. A number of separate rebel teams are lively, a few of that are engaged on on-again, off-again peace talks with the federal government.
Muslim residents, virtually all of Malay ethnicity, have lengthy charged they’re handled like second-class residents in Thailand, and separatist actions have been periodically lively for many years. Heavy-handed crackdowns have fueled the discontent.
In August, a wave of arson and bombing assaults hit the three southernmost provinces, concentrating on principally comfort shops and fuel stations. Nobody claimed duty for the assaults, which injured three individuals.
Tuesday’s assault on police housing was the second this 12 months to make use of a automobile bomb, after one was set off in Pattani in June, injuring one police officer. Nonetheless, there have been about 60 automobile bombings since 2005, in keeping with police.
Nationwide Police Chief Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas mentioned forensic consultants imagine the explosive gadget was normal from a 50-kilogram (110-pound) cooking fuel cylinder.
The bombing was condemned by Human Rights Watch, which mentioned “it appeared geared toward inflicting the best attainable lack of civilian life,” mentioned Elaine Pearson, Asia director at Human Rights Watch in an emailed assertion.
“These chargeable for planning, ordering, or finishing up such assaults ought to be appropriately delivered to justice, Human Rights Watch mentioned, including that it has repeatedly condemned each the Thai authorities and rebel forces for his or her abuses throughout their battle.
“Thai authorities ought to totally and impartially examine the bombing of the condo compound and maintain accountable all these accountable,” Pearson mentioned. “On the identical time, the Thai authorities ought to acknowledge that as long as Thai safety forces can commit abuses towards ethnic Malay Muslims with impunity, armed separatist teams will exploit that to attempt to justify illegal assaults.”