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September 16, 2006: Six bombs explode outside store in southern Thailand

On September 16, 2006 six bombs detonated in Thailand’s southern Songkhla province killing 4 and wounding 80.

SONGKHLA PROVINCE, THAILAND – Thailand, land of Buddhism, beaches and….terrorism.

Have you ever been to Thailand?

I have, once. I was on a business trip to southeast Asia and met with the Thai Intelligence Service, where I listened to a very interesting presentation on terrorism and was fed a very good Thai meal – who doesn’t like Thai food! – by the personal cook of the Service’s Director. All in all a delightful time.

You read that right: terrorism in Thailand. The land of Buddhist temples and gorgeous beaches does have, and has had for some time, a terrorism problem, especially in the south. I actually discussed this at some length in my third book The Lesser Jihads (I have a few copies for sale if you are interested – signed of course!).

Terrorism?? Nope, no terrorism here! (Photo: Prince Roy on flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Here’s a good example.

On this day in 2006

Six bombs detonated outside a department store and pub in Hat Yai, a city in Songkhla province near Thailand’s southern border with Malaysia. The bombs were planted on motorcycles and were triggered by mobile phone: at least four people died – including one Canadian – and more than 80 were injured.

I heard the blast and I live a kilometer away.  

Bystander

The campaign of terror created by Islamist terrorists dates back decades and while it seems to have eased of late it has not run its course. Best to remember that if you venture to the southern provinces of Thailand.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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