Violence in the South

On 4 January 2004, an unidentified armed group attacked a Royal Thai Army base in
Cho Airong district, Narathiwat Province.

Four soldiers were killed and some 400 weapons were stolen; at the same time 20 schools
were set on fire in what appearedto be a co-ordinated operation.

Since the 2004 escalation in violence, armed groups who have launched the attacks have
not identified themselves or made political demands, nor are they known to have indicated any willingness to engage in talks with the government. Moreover no group has so far
claimed responsibility for individual attacks.

There have been over 1400 deaths in the far south of Thailand since January 2004.

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