South Thai­land sep­a­ratists prompt Isis con­cerns

Southeast Asia Globe - - Panorama -

Fears of an Isis-like in­sur­gency have mounted in Thai­land as a for­mer mem­ber of the south­ern Thai­land in­de­pen­dence move­ment was found by Malaysian in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials to be plan­ning a ji­hadist move­ment in the coun­try. Awae Wae-Eya and three oth­ers are wanted by po­lice for en­gi­neer­ing a plot to kid­nap and kill po­lice of­fi­cers and at­tack non-Mus­lim re­li­gious places of wor­ship. Of­fi­cials have tried to al­lay fears by in­sist­ing that the risk of an ex­treme ji­hadist ide­ol­ogy gath­er­ing steam in south­ern Thai­land is low de­spite Awae's af­fil­i­a­tion with Isis' rad­i­cal teach­ings, as the Thai Is­lamic groups are more con­cerned with es­tab­lish­ing an in­de­pen­dent state. The bloody bat­tle for autonomy by Malay in­sur­gents in the south has waged on for more than a decade, reach­ing Thai prov­inces Yala, Narathi­wat, Pat­tani and parts of Songkhla.

Sol­diers ex­am­ine a re­cent bomb blast site in South Thai­land

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