Ongoing deadly violence in southern provinces of Thailand

A roadside bomb exploded in southern Thailand killing five soldiers in Saiburi in the district of Pattani. A rebellion in this area for almost ten years has caused 5,500 deaths. Rebels target anyone who is perceived to represent state authority, such as teachers, as well as civilians and security personnel, and both Muslims and Buddhists have been killed. Reports state that the bombs are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

Travellers should be aware of the ongoing civil unrest in these southern areas of Thailand and of the almost-daily deadly attacks that are occurring in spite of peace talks ongoing in Malaysia. Many countries warn citizens to avoid travel to these areas.

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