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Thailand Bombing In Global Insurgency Context

At the Counterterrorism Blog, Zachary Abuza explains Saturday's car bombing in Thailand, where two were killed and nearly twenty others injured.

On Saturday night, a 20 kg bomb hidden in the back of a car was detonated in front of the CS Pattani Hotel in Pattani, southern Thailand. Two were killed, three are in critical condition and 15 others sustained moderate injuries. It was the boldest attack by Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand in recent months. Some 3,000 have been killed since the insurgency got underway in January 2004. Violence peaked in June 2007, and has gone down, owing to stepped up counter-insurgent operations; but the average rate of killing today is still above the 4-year average. This is not the first car bomb in southern Thailand, but the first in over a year.

The CS Pattani is the hotel in southern Thailand. It is where every delegation from Bangkok stay, the meeting point for journalists and visiting academics, and a conference center, where much of the government’s reconciliation meetings have taken place.

It is important to understand the significance of the hotel in order to appreciate the significance of the attack and its intent within the context of the Thai Muslim separatist insurgency and their role within the global insurgency (pdf).