Convenience stores

Ten convenience stores and a gas station in Thailand’s deep south burned down

Ten convenience stores and a petrol station in three restive southern provinces were torched by suspected insurgents last night (Tuesday) in what local authorities believe were coordinated attacks designed to stir up unrest.

According to initial information, no one was injured.

Many of the 7-Eleven convenience stores attacked were located at gas stations.

According to the Yala Today webpage, a petrol station in Bangchak in Bo Thong sub-district in Pattani was attacked. Flames from the gas pump spread to a Mini Big C store, a tanker and two other trucks parked at the gas station.

The second attack took place at a Mini Big C convenience store in Thung Yang Daeng district of the same province.

Three 7-Elevens and a Mini Big C convenience store in Yaha, Raman, Bannang Sata and Muang districts of Yala were also set on fire.

Shortly before midnight, a Yaha District police unit rushed into a convenience store at a gas station, after being alerted to a suspicious bag in the store, left by a suspect whose face was covered in scarf.

Four 7-Elevens and a Mini Big C convenience store in Cho-airong, Bacho, Si Sakhon and Su-ngai Kolok districts in Narathiwat province were also attacked with firebombs.

The 4th Army Region, which is responsible for security in the southern provinces, has yet to issue a statement or give a press conference on the attacks.

Southern insurgents have waged a long campaign of violence against the Thai government in their efforts to achieve self-determination in the Deep South. Peace talks between the Thai military and insurgent groups, particularly the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), facilitated by Malaysia, have been intermittent and made little progress.