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Muslims Wound Muslims In Thai Mosque Attack

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:


Thai-Muslim children look at a burned school in Thailand’s Yala province, 672 miles south of Bangkok April 5, 2007. Eight schools, two teachers’ houses and two clinics were set ablaze in the Yaha district of Yala province and a neighbouring area, said Paitoon, the provincial police chief.

Thailand mosque blast wounds 16

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Attackers fired a grenade into a mosque in Thailand’s restive south Thursday, wounding 16 Muslim worshippers in an act of defiance after authorities imposed a strict curfew to contain escalating violence, officials said.

Police suspected at least five Muslim insurgents were involved in the attack on the mosque in Yala Province’s Yaha district, where at least 100 people had gathered for morning prayers when an assailant fired into the building with a grenade launcher, police Lt. Apirak Sangkao said…

The military suspected that Thursday’s attackers were Muslims 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 Buddhists.

“The insurgents 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.” …

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

Abdulrohman Jehsae, chairman of the Yala Islamic council, said the attack was “like a message to pressure Muslims to choose either to support the authorities or the insurgents.”

The militants fled in a pickup truck after the attack, police said. Yala governor Thira Mintrarasak said 16 worshippers were wounded.

The mosque bombing was one of several across the region…

On Wednesday night, suspected insurgents torched seven schools, a teachers’ residence and a government office in Yaha district and neighboring Bannang Sata district. No casualties or injuries were reported…

More than 2,000 people have died since January 2004 in Thailand’s southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani as a result of the separatist insurgency

Funny how these holy warriors have no qualms whatsoever about attacking fellow Muslims — even as they pray in Mosques.

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