In the first five months of the
year, 193 were killed by terrorist violence in the south, and 1,056 were
wounded. About 2,400 have died since the Islamic terrorist violence began
in January, 2004. In the last few months, thousands of additional police
and soldiers have been sent south, and intelligence collecting operations have
increased substantially. The Moslem majority population in the south has become
more cooperative, as they find themselves the victims of bombs, which don't
discriminate, and Islamic terrorists attempting to intimidate Moslem civilians
they suspect of talking to the police. On top of that, their are Buddhist
vigilantes, striking back at Moslem civilians they believe are supporting the
terrorists. So now the Moslem civilians in the south are being more cooperative
with the police, hoping to bring an end to the growing violence in the
August 9, 2007: Islamic terrorists have made
themselves more unpopular now by targeting health workers in the south. The
doctors, nurses and technicians tend to be Buddhists from the north, but a
sizable minority are Moslems from the south. All are being attacked
indiscriminately. Fifteen health clinics were closed in response to the attack
on one. Nine people were killed by terrorists across the south.
August 7, 2007: In the south, two soldiers were
killed by a bomb.
August 5, 2007: Two soldiers and three Moslem
civilians were killed in the south.
August 4, 2007: Three hundred troops raided a
village in the south, known to harbor Islamic terrorists. Nineteen men were
arrested and many weapons found, along with documents and Islamic radical
material. Elsewhere in the south, terrorists killed a Moslem soldier, and seven
civilians were wounded by a bomb. Three schools were burned down.