Sounds like Boko Haram (‘Western education is sin’) has opened up a branch office in Thailand.
IB Times (h/t Susan K) Insurgents in Thailand have torched six schools in one night, leaving thousands of children unable to attend classes. The arsonists tied the hands and feet of school security guards before pouring gasoline around the buildings in Pattani, southern Thailand, deputy governor of Pattani Somphoch Suwannarat was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying.
No one was injured during the attack, which aimed at destroying public buildings rather than hurting staff or students, officials said. The torching of the schools is believed to have been carried out by Muslim separatists in retaliation to a recent military operation which killed a separatist leader in Pattani’s Panare district. However, no group has claimed responsibility for the incident.
“The Pattani police chief is now surveying the area,” an official in the Thung Yang Deang district told news agency DPA. Another army official said the attacks were carried out simultaneously to attract public attention. (As if the Thais aren’t already more than aware of the death and destruction that Muslim squatters carry out in every non-Muslim country that won’t give them their own Islamic state)
This is not the first time that Muslim insurgents set schools on fire. Last march, two schools in the Sungai Padi district were set ablaze. The worst incident of this type in the area occurred in 1993, when 36 school buildings were torched simultaneously.
It is not clear yet whether new buildings will be built to allow students to attend classes. For now, pupils will have to study in tents. Pattani is one of three provinces in the Muslim-majority southern area of Thailand, which is otherwise predominantly Buddhist.