The Thailand jihadi declaration of war was even more widespread and violent than I reported last night. I was first with the coverage of these mass attacks. There has been little press coverage since. These massive attacks coincided with the signing of a new Constitution.
Photo above: Explosive ordnance disposal officers on Friday morning inspect the scene of an overnight explosion that brought down a power pole in Yala, one of scores of bombings in the three southernmost provinces….. (thanks to the Bangkok Post)
They are called insurgents or separatists. Translation. They want an separate Islamic State just like Islamic State (ISIS), the Chechnya (Muslim) ‘separatists’, the Chinese Uighur (Nuslim)”separatists’, the “Palestinian” (Muslim) separatists, the Philippine (MILF- Muslim) ‘separatists’ et al. It’s all the same war, commanded by the same book.
Our GR Thai correspondent Chai gives us this update:
UPDATE: Thailand Mass Muslim Terror Attacks involved over 50+ Bombs and hundreds of pounds of explosives.Plus: Muslim Terrorists Explode Bomb at School, Attempt to destroy bridge. No injuries.“The message that the Muslim terrorists delivered last night was not about what they did – but what they can do, when and if they desire.”Dear Pamela,It appears that the Geller Report beat the mainstream international press by at least 12 hours in reporting Thursday night’s mass attacks first.The Geller Report was also the first news media in the world anywhere to link the mass attacks to the fact that Thailand’s King Rama 10 signed a new Constitution into law only 8 hours before the bombs started to explode. I believe it is highly likely that many mainstream news media that are now reporting on the Constitution connection initially received that fact and perspective from the Geller Report.(Check your visitor records and you’ll probably see some indication if you run ‘WhoIs’ searches on the visitors’ IP numbers and then compare that with when the Associated Press put out their first story.)Further the Geller Report also reported in detail the extent and varied nature of the attacks hours before the major Thai news media – even though you waited several hours between first receiving news of the attacks and publishing your story. To your professional credit you waited for independent confirmation apart from your primary source before publishing. And still, the Geller Report was hours ahead of everyone and a full 12 hours ahead of corporate big media.That says much about the world of corporate news today versus the performance of independent, highly focused and connected citizen journalists like yourself.UPDATEThe most recent Thai news reports source Thai Military statements that terrorists bombed over 50 electric poles across four southern provinces to blackout the entire area as well as numerous transformers.Some English Thai news media and international news are still quoting the very early original announcement that there were 23 bombs, but Thai language TV, radio and other media are using a later military report of ‘over 50’ bombs, including one that exploded in front of a school, and an unsuccessful attempt to destroy a bridge using several bombs.The latest Bangkok Post updates the figure to 52 power poles bombed. (Good photos and detailed reporting in the following article)Some bombs did not explode and from this the police learned that each terrorist bomb used to bring down a concrete electric pole contained about 10kilos of explosive. Do the math and we can surmise that the terrorists expended several hundred pounds of explosive in the mass attacks targeting the power grid.There were no reports of injuries.The Thai government is trying to play down any connection between the King’s signing of the Constitution and the attacks, but this public response is quite natural as Thais have a deep reverence for the Monarchy and their King.The one thing we do know for sure is that the devote Muslim terrorists have now proved themselves capable of a mass attack involving over 50 bombs. This time it was against concrete power poles and bridges. Next time? The message that the Muslim terrorists delivered last night was not about what they did – but what they can do, when and if they desire. (That is my analysis)ChaiInsurgent bombs target power supply in far SouthBangkok Post, April 7, 2017:Explosive ordnance disposal officers on Friday morning inspect the scene of an overnight explosion that brought down a power pole in Yala, one of a string of bombings in the three southernmost provinces and part of Songkhla. (Photo by Muhammad Ayub Pathan)
A string of bomb explosions, burning of car tyres and strewing of spikes on roads rocked areas of the three southernmost provinces and part of Songkhla overnight. No casualties were reported. Authorities…
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Authorities acknowledged that the insurgents had targeted the power supply.
A total of 52 power poles in 19 districts of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla were damaged, causing widespread blackouts.
In Pattani, provincial police chief Piyawat Chalermsri on Friday ordered all 15 police stations in the 12 districts to tighten security after insurgents caused disruption with 11 attacks throughout the province.
Explosions were heard across Pattani from midnight to the early hours of Friday. Car tyres were set on fire on several roads.
In Muang and Nong Chik districts, about eight explosions were heard in each district, followed by power blackouts in many communities, particularly in Muang municipality areas.
Security units reported bombs detonated on Koh Por bridge on the Pattani-Yala Road in Nong Chik district. Nobody was injured. The area was cordoned off for further inspection today.
In Narathiwat, a series of bombs went off and spikes were strewn on roads at several areas in 12 districts from midnight to 12.30am on Friday, damaging many power poles.
Bomb disposal squads and forensic police inspected the scenes on Friday morning.
They reported two power poles at Lampu village in Muang district had been attacked. Two bombs, weighing 10-15kg, had been tied to the poles and detonated.
In Yingo district, bombs attached to two power poles were detonated at tambon Lubor Buesa .
In Rueso district, two bomb explosions damaged two power poles in tambon Samakhi. A mobile phone relay tower in tambon Sawor was also damaged.
In Cho Airong district, three bombs damaged two high voltage power poles. In Sungai Padi district, a high voltage power pole was also bombed in tambon Paluru. Spikes were strewn over the area, puncturing the tyres of several cars.
Explosions were also reported at one location in Waeng district, two in Sungai Kolok district, one in Bacho district and one in Si Sakhon district.
In Pattani, 18 power poles were damaged in six districts. In Yala, eight power poles were damaged in three districts and in Narathiwat 20 power poles in eight districts. In Songkhla, six power poles in two districts were damaged.
Col Pramote Prom-in, spokesman of the 4th Army Region’s Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), said a total of 52 power poles in 19 districts of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla were damaged by bomb blasts overnight. Car tyres were also burned in those areas.
There were no attacks on military targets, he said. The insurgents had targeted electricity supply.Explosive ordnance disposal officers on Friday morning inspect the scene of an overnight explosion that brought down a power pole in Yala, one of a string of bombings in the three southernmost provinces and part of Songkhla. (Photo by Muhammad Ayub Pathan)