Thailand bombings: Extremists feared but Politics seen behind attacks

January 1, 2007 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

The Bomb blasts that rocked Thailand’s capital into new years day are scenes similar to bombings that have been linked to Islamic militants in other parts of Asia.

But Thailand’s military installed Prime Minister and its leadership is declaring the attacks to be more of a political nature of attacks they see as part of Anti-Coup followers of the former prime ministerThaksin per Thailand’s media reports.

[] ‘ PM: Politics behind bombs; Thaksin denies involvement
Bangkok Post, Thailand – Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont on Monday fingered political opponents as the main suspects behind a spate of New Year’s Eve bombings in Bangkok that killed   []

Thai’s are upset over the attacks which seem to be focusing on areas popular with tourists – a major source of revenue for the Kingdom.  Any speculation on  ‘other groups’ is being dismissed outright.  Hard hit after the Tsunami two years ago – Thailand’s tourism industry does not want bad press  linking the attacks t the growing insurgency and militancy of its restive south.

 []…”Death Toll Rises From Multiple Bombings in Thailand During New
Nine bombs exploded across Bangkok as the Thai capital celebrated the New Year, killing three people and driving thousands of revelers home after the city was
Thai PM blames bombs on anti-coup groups
Thailand’s army-installed Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont has blamed deadly New Year’s Eve bombings in Bangkok on groups opposed to the September military coup.”[]

But counter terrorism experts based in Malaysia and the Philippines say the attacks very closely resemble tactics and bombs used in Indonesia on a spree of attacks called the ‘christmas eve bombings’ in 1999 and 2000’s Rizal day multiple attacks in Manila.

Political terrorism is not unheard of in Thailand – But – bullets and bombs are never seen this heavily used in the Thai capitol. It may mark a shift from the bloodless to the more violent politics of rural Thailand – where – in some areas it resembles the political warlords of the rural Philippine’s who maintain control by force.

Some sectors point to this and a possible attempt to downplay the situation by making the attacks of a more or less pattern of militant groups. IED’s can of course e copied and techniques simulated to make any group seem more in control.

Investigation and forensic information available shows close design similarities to devices used in Jehadi styled attacks – even in timing and targets – but destabilizing forces often use any means to create chaos. It is interesting to watch developments – as Manila and Jakarta both are taking no chances with increased security efforts underway in tourism spots in the Philippines just in case.

It must be remembered that most terror attacks are often seen in local terms – and undertaken by local groups. I expect in the days and weeks ahead more information will become available.

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