Two rebels killed in bomb blast in Thailand

Two rebel were killed in Thailand’s violence-plagued south after a bomb they were transporting prematurely detonated, the military.

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Their deaths came during a night of violence crosswise over 11 regions in three of Thailand’s southern-most provinces near the outskirt of Malaysia. More than twelve explosive and bomb attacks also injured eight civilians and officials.

No group claimed responsibility regarding the attacks, which targeted police headquarters and checkpoints.

“This is the work of people who want to cause chaos. It looks like their intention wasn’t to kill but rather to cause disorder,” Colonel Yutthanam Petchmuang told Reuters news agency.

Military representative Pramote Prom-in recognized the dead as “insurgent operation leaders”.

Thailand is mostly Buddhist yet parts of the south are majority Muslim. The region has been tormented by a long-running separatist uprising as ethnic Malay rebels fight Thai troops for more self-governance from the Buddhist-majority state.

Bombings and drive-by shootings are regular in Thailand’s south, where more than 6,800 individuals, mostly civilians, have been killed since 2004.

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The nation’s southernmost border areas, previous Muslim sultanates, were attached by Bangkok more than a century ago.

The military, which seized power in a 2014 coup, has held a few rounds of negotiations with one group that claims to represent to the rebels, the Mara Patani.

But the negotiations have failed to make progress and many doubt the rebel negotiators have clout over fighters on the ground.

The biggest group initiating the insurgency, the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), issued an uncommon statement prior this month restating its resistance to the present Thai army-led peace talks.

The military declines to talk with the BRN despite the fact that most analysts say Mara Patani has little influence over those doing the actual fighting.

BRN has said it will only come to the table if a third-party mediates the talks and international observers are permitted, demands Thailand’s military has over and over declined to accept.