In today’s news, Islamic insurgents bombed polling stations as voters cast their ballots in…
You thought I was going to say “Iraq”, didn’t you? Or maybe “Afghanistan”?
No, it’s Thailand. Southern Thailand, in the predominantly Muslim provinces of Pattani and Narathiwat. Southern Thailand has caught a severe case of Jihad in recent years — take a look at the Bloody Borders Project to see the concentrations of Islamist attacks along the Thai section of the bloody border.
The mujahideen took the opportunity of today’s general election to make their presence felt. According to TMCnet,
Three explosions wounded three soldiers and a policeman in the southern province Narathiwat on Sunday shortly after polls in Thailand’s general election closed at 3 p.m.
Police Col. Thanongsak Wansupha, chief of the Jo Ai Rong police station, said one bomb exploded at a polling place as officials were closing the station.
Another blast occurred while officials and security personnel were carrying ballot boxes to a counting station.
And the third explosion was reported at a nearby administrative office in the Tak Bai District, also in Narathiwat.
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called the election early in the midst of controversy over his authoritarian tendencies as leader. The prime minister dissolved parliament after demonstrators took to the street, protesting his rule and demanding his resignation.
So democracy is not always easy, and jihad doesn’t make it any easier.
According to this report from Xinhua, in addition to the bombings, the terrorists engaged in a practical form of taqiyya:
Earlier, suspected militants tried to disturb the election by placing empty boxes with a mobile phone taped on it to make people think they were explosives at seven areas in Pattani’s Yarang district.
Police cordoned off the areas only to find that they were empty boxes.
Keep an eye on Thailand.