Jihad is raging — in Thailand. Muslim terrorists staged coordinated attacks on the 53rd anniversary of the formation of the Barisan Revolusi National (BRN) yesterday, a vicious Islamic group terrorizing the South for the past decade. Like all Islamic “separatist” groups in China, Russia, Israel, etc., they want an Islamic State.
They are one of the most violent and vicious Muslim terror groups in SE Asia with an estimated 400,000 members / supporters. Decades ago it was seen as a secular (but Muslim) independence organization. For the last 20 years, though, it became an intensely religious group (Sunni Islam — Salafist), taking over mosques and Islamic schools. They assassinate public school teachers as part of their strategy to have only Islamic schools in the region.
These devout Muslims recruit in the mosques and carry out indoctrination at Islamic schools. Their main recruiting arm is a (youth) student group, and its leaders are mainly Islamic religious teachers.
Islam, it’s not like other religions.
Our man in Thailand, Chai, writes me:
The news is still coming in, but there were at least four attacks last night in the south, including bombing a bridge, shooting at a railroad station, attacking a village security post and a shootout in the Cho Airong Hospital when about 10 Muslim terrorists fled into the hospital to evade pursuing soldiers.
The terrorists had attacked an army outpost with grenade launchers in tambon Chaub, and invaded the hospital during their escape. The shootout lasted over an hour in the hospital with thousands of shots being fired by terrorists and security forces. At least 500 ejected shell casings were left on the second floor alone.
A miracle that no patients or staff were injured as reported so far. This is early news, and so must be viewed as a preliminary report. There are radio reports of other attacks, but this might also be reports of the same running gun battle in different locations.
There is no report of any terrorist being captured, injured or killed. Seven army and security services personnel were injured seriously enough to be taken to hospital. No word on the severity of their wounds.
Militants unleash violence on BRN anniversary,” The Nation Mark 14, 2016:
Militants unleash violence on BRN anniversary
Southern insurgents marked the 53rd anniversary of the formation of the Barisan Revolusi National (BRN) yesterday, launching coordinated attacks at three locations in Narathiwat’s Joh I Rong district, police said.
Four insurgents on two motorcycles sprayed bullets from war weapons at police officials who were guarding the Joh I Rong train station. No one was injured. Security officials chased them as they rode alongside the train track. Just about 400 metres before the police reached them, the insurgents fired from an M79 but no one was hurt.
At the military ranger base next to the Joh I Rong Hospital, another group of 10 insurgents infiltrated from behind the mountain and fired from an M79, injuring seven soldiers. The injured soldiers – Siriwat Nuanthong, Theerasak Rattana-ubol, Narongchai Sangsing, Wuthikrai Dejbun, Runganothai Petwong, Sathit Chaibunta, Maperu Hayeladeng – were taken to the hospital.
Security officials countered the attack, forcing the insurgents to retreat and hide themselves in the Joh I Rong Hospital. The officials hid behind armoured vehicles while exchanging gunfire with the militants who remained in the hospital for more than an hour. More than 500 cartridge shells were found on the second floor of the hospital.
The third attack took place on a road in Joh I Rong district. An unknown number of insurgents planted a home-made bomb in a 20kg gas cyclinder on a bridge before setting it off.