Bombs and weapons of war were used in the attacks.
When: January 31st, 2021
Where: Narathiwat province
Perpetrators: BRN (Barisan Revolusi Nasional)
Victims: 6 Royal Thai Police officers
What: On January, 31st, 2021, police in Narathiwat responded to various attacks across the province.
The first attack was on a cell phone tower, which was damaged by arsonists. Another group hung a banner on a bridge that said, “Thai Buddhists are prohibited from hunting in Muslim areas.” Another message was painted on the road that said, “soldiers better leave.” A police CCTV camera was destroyed.
Police responded to the arson of the cell phone tower with a bomb recovery kit and inspected the area. When police were inspecting the scene with they were ambushed with what is described as war weapons. Five officers were injured and taken to the hospital. Police vehicles were damaged by bombs in the attack as well.
Terrorists also ambushed officers at a COVID-19 checkpoints. The head officer at the checkpoint was injured and taken to the hospital.
The suspects in the attacks were expected to be a coalition of the separatist movement BRN (Barisan Revolusi Nasional). Investigators are collecting evidence and are on the hunt for the suspects.
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My take: Everybody who lives in Thailand should understand that police and army who serve in the southern provinces face constant danger from these sorts of attacks.
The sad thing? I couldn’t find any reporting in English about the attacks. Maybe there were reports, but I couldn’t find any.
The saga in the south continues and at some point in the coming months I will do a full review of what the situation looks like down there with all the players involved and the history of the conflict.
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