Can you see a pattern? I hope so, it's 1400 years old...
Muslim separatists blamed for spate of bombings that targeted Thai tourist towns, Lindsay Murdoch.
Bangkok: A wave of bombings targeting Thailand's tourist areas last week is likely to be linked to southern Malay separatist militants fighting south-east Asia's longest running war, according to sources with knowledge of the conflict.
If proven – and no group has yet claimed responsibility – the attacks mark an alarming escalation of the conflict by militants who have for years concentrated their violence to four southern border provinces.
Beheadings, bombings, drive-by shootings, assassinations, extrajudicial killings and vicious assaults have left more than 6300 people dead and at least 11,500 injured in violence that is rarely reported outside of Thailand.
The conflict pits armed and organised ethnic Malays – almost all of whom are Muslims – against the predominantly Buddhist Thai state.
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