New wave of violence leaves three dead

Bangkok Post:

Multiple bombing, arson and gun attacks in the deep South early Wednesday left a female teacher and two rangers dead in one of the biggest coordinated waves of suspected insurgent violence in years.

A bomb at this community bank in Yala province damaged or destroyed all five ATM machines, one of which was removed by the attacking insurgents. (Photo by Muhamad Ayub Pathan)

The government said the attacks in Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla were intended to mark the founding anniversaries of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) and Pattani United Liberation Organisation (Pulo).

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Here is a Wikipedia on who these guys are and what they want. Which will come as a surprise to no one.

Muslim insurgents launch 50 attacks in Thailand’s deep south

H/T MK

Telegraph

Muslim insurgents fighting for a separate state in Thailand’s deep south launched 50 bomb and arson attacks over the weekend, killing three members of the security forces as violence in the troubled region intensifies.

Muslim insurgents fighting for a separate state in Thailand's deep south launched 50 bomb and arson attacks over the weekend, killing three members of the security forces as violence in the troubled region intensifies.

Thai soldiers and police officers at the scene of a bomb attack in Pattani province, southern Thailand Photo: EPA
By David Eimer, Saigon

1:31PM GMT 18 Feb 2013

The three local defence volunteers died after a bomb hidden in a pile of clothes exploded outside a restaurant in Pattani Town on Sunday lunchtime.

Another nine people were injured in the blast.

A coordinated campaign of terror started at 6pm local time on Saturday, when seven bombs were planted outside shops, supermarkets and a karaoke bar in Pattani Town, the capital of Pattani Province, one of the three southernmost provinces of Thailand with a Muslim majority population.

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Plan for Muslim housing enclave in Sydney suburbs

Daily Telegraph Australia:

Muslim housing

Qartaba Homes, computer image of a Muslim only housing estate. Source: The Daily Telegraph

AN interest-free housing project aimed at the Muslim community and boasting 100 per cent halal housing has sparked a major row, with critics labelling it a discriminatory plan that could lead to a Muslim enclave.

Qartaba Homes’ plan offers “100 per cent Halal housing to the growing Muslim community of Australia” in the heart of the northwestern Sydney suburb of Riverstone.

While the company has insisted people from all religious backgrounds are free to take up the offer, it advises that the loans are “100 per cent Halal” and a “chance to escape Riba (interest)” because interest is a sin under Islamic law.

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Suspected members of Nigeria’s Boko Haram kill two Indians

I wonder how casually the Indian government will take this.

Reuters:

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria | Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:12am EDT

(Reuters) – Suspected members of Islamist sect Boko Haram shot dead two Indians after storming their factory in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

Boko Haram has killed hundreds this year in its campaign to carve out an Islamic state in Nigeria, whose population is split evenly between Christians and Muslims.

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