A militant attack killed four people in Pattani on the evening (local time) of Tuesday, July 23. The assailants reportedly attacked a military base, throwing grenades and firing at the premise before fleeing. The attack was allegedly carried out in retaliation for leaving a Muslim rebel suspect in critical conditions after being interrogated by the army. Similar militant attacks are possible in Thailand's southern provinces in the near term.
An ethnic and religious separatist insurgency is ongoing in the four southernmost provinces of Thailand - Songkhla, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Yala - which make up the historical Malay Patani region and are located in the extreme south of the country along the Thai-Malaysian border. Since 2001, over 7000 people have been killed (e.g. local residents, civil servants, security personnel, militants) and many more wounded in near-daily clashes and assassinations.
As a reminder, some Western governments advise against nonessential travel to Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and the south of Songkhla. Individuals in these areas should remain cautious and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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