Four Thai officials were driving home after a typical day at work when their car was suddenly attacked by a band of of men driving on motorcycles. After the firing ceased all four officials lay dead. This was just another example of the type of killing that goes on and on in the three southern provinces of Thailand where 80% of the people are Muslim. Muslims live in a nation where the overwhelming majority of people are of the Buddhist faith and since the current insurgency began by Muslims on January 1 2004 when men raided an army base and got 300 weapons, over 2,500 people have been killed. Muslim insurgents in the area tend to focus on officials, military members and teachers in order to get across their demands. When police arrived on this latest example of murder, a bomb detonated.
Muslims living in southern Thailand were once part of the nation of Pattani which was conquered by Buddhists in 1786 and incorporated into Thailand. The Thai government relies mainly on military action rather than encouraging economic development and a multicultural focus in daily life and schools.