South Thailand separatists prompt Isis concerns
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