Mosque Bombed after 8 Thai Buddhists Slain

March 14, 2007

Source: USA Today

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A bomb wounded eleven Muslims outside a mosque in southern Thailand on Wednesday, in possible retaliation for the execution-style killings of eight Buddhist commuters in the same area earlier in the day.

Col. Apirat Sangkhao, the police chief in Yala province's Yaha district — where both attacks took place — described the bombing as "an attempt to pit Muslims against Buddhists."

No one has taken responsibility for either attack.

The bombing raised the specter of a spiral of revenge attacks in Thailand's far south, where a Muslim insurgency has led to more than 2,000 deaths in the past three years.