Roadside bombs wound 20, kill soldier in Thailand’s troubled south

Thai bomb squad officers inspect the site of a bomb blast in Thailand’s restive southern province of Yala on Nov. 17, 2012 after a powerful car bomb ripped through a town center in Thailand’s troubled south, killing at least one and wounding 20, police said. (AFP)
Updated 14 September 2017
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Roadside bombs wound 20, kill soldier in Thailand’s troubled south

BANGKOK: Roadside bombs planted by suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand killed one soldier on Thursday and wounded 20 other people, most of them soldiers and police, security forces said.
The blasts occurred in Yala, one of the predominantly ethnic, Malay Muslim provinces in the deep south where a separatist insurgency has dragged on for decades, with more than 6,500 people killed since 2004 alone.
The first bomb did not result in any casualties, but the other two killed one soldier and wounded 18 soldiers and police and two villagers.
“It is believed to be the work of violent groups already creating incidents in the area,” Pramote Prom-in, a spokesman for regional security forces, told Reuters.
As with most violence in Thailand’s deep south, there was no claim of responsibility.
The insurgents are fighting for secession from mostly Buddhist Thailand. Until they were annexed in 1909, Thailand’s three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat were part of an independent Malay Muslim sultanate.


In solidarity, Germany to take in 50 migrants rescued in Med

Updated 15 July 2018
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In solidarity, Germany to take in 50 migrants rescued in Med

BERLIN: Germany says it will take 50 of the 450 migrants rescued from a fishing boat in the Mediterranean Sea that’s been at the center of a squabble between Italy and Malta.
In a statement Sunday, the German government said “with a view to the ongoing talks about greater bilateral cooperation on asylum, Germany is prepared to take in 50 people in this case.”
France and Malta have also agreed to take in about 100 migrants from the ship.
Italy put out a call for help to other European Union countries, saying it wants them to share the burden of taking in migrants coming across the Mediterranean.
According to EU figures, Germany saw almost 1 million asylum applications in 2016 and 2017; Italy came second with about 250,000.