The Jihad in Thailand Escalates Sharply; Attack Likely Meant to be Thai 9/11

The Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel under attack in Hat Yai, Thailand. Note Western fast food outlets in immediate vicinity.

There has been a coordinated mass casualty attack in Thailand, with aspects eerily similar to the 1993 World Trade Center attack.

Regular readers of TTB may recall 3 years ago when we first covered the Jihadist insurgency in Southern Thailand:

Some 5,000 people have been killed in that conflict since 2004. The aim of the Jihadists is largely the same as that of Jihadist insurgents everywhere: the establishment of an Islamic state ruled by Shariah law.

Before we weigh in on the latest atrocity committed by the Jihadists in southern Thailand, new readers can familiarize themselves with the conflict by checking out the numerous posts we’ve dedicated to this theater in the global Islamic insurgency:

The Jihad in southern Thailand took a major turn for the worse overnight when the Jihadists detonated 3 car bombs and 1 motorcycle bomb, killing 14 and wounding 340.

The number of killed and wounded have climbed throughout the day since the initial reports came in this morning.

The AP first reported 8 dead and 68 wounded. A couple of hours later CNN reported 10 dead and 100 wounded. Then the AP reported 14 dead and 340 wounded. This indicates that Western news agencies have no one near the scene and are dependent on reports from stringers and local news agencies.

That is rather typical of the coverage of this conflict has received all along. No one has really paid attention. The so-called mainstream media has largely ignored the conflict and wants to believe that all such conflicts are strictly born of local issues. The idea of a global Islamic insurgency goes squarely against the narrative that the media rolls out on such conflicts as the ones raging in Thailand, the Philippines, Somalia, Nigeria and elsewhere.

At any rate, this latest series of bomb attacks represents a serious escalation of the violence. This is by far the largest casualty count for an attack by the Jihadists in Thailand and the attack is by far the most planned out and orchestrated.

This could very well indicate the infusion of foreign funding, know-how, training or even Jihadis into southern Thailand.

Sites of terrorist attacks in Southern Thailand

The bombs were detonated in shopping and dining areas frequented by tourists in Yala city. The first bomb was followed by a detonation designed to inflict casualties on samaritans, onlookers and first responders at the same site. This is a common tactic used by Jihadists around the globe. By taking out first responders, any subsequent blast makes authorities appear incompetent or helpless to protect or render aid to victims.

Scene of car bomb attack in Yala City, Thailand

Another image of the Yala City car bomb attack

Sure enough, while the media was still reporting on the “twin blasts” in Thailand, a third blast occurred in the basement parking lot of a high-rise hotel (the Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel) in the nearby city of Hat Yai. At about the same time, a motorcycle bomb was detonated wounding a police officer.

Cell phone camera image of bombing of Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel in Hat Yai, Thailand. The hotel is the tallest building in the area, seen at far left.

Smoke victims at scene of Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel bombing in Thailand

This was clearly a coordinated, planned assault designed to instill fear in the population, make the Jihadis appear more formidable than they have been seen previously and cause chaos.

It is also probable that the attack failed in an apparent key goal. The fact that a car bomb was detonated in the basement of a high rise building is very reminiscent of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. That attack was designed to bring the twin towers down and most of the casualties it ended up causing were due to smoke inhalation. The same is evidently true of this attack in Thailand.

It is almost certain that the Jihadis meant to bring that building in Thailand down.

This was meant to be Thailand’s September 11th: a coordinated series of attacks with massive casualties. It is tragic that innocent people lost their lives and were injured, but it is likely that the attacks fell short of their goals and caused fewer casualties than they were intended to inflict.

Here are a few news reports on the attacks:

Bombs in southern Thailand kill eight, wound dozens; Muslim insurgents are suspected in three separate explosions

Twin blasts rock Thai city

South Thailand car bombs kill 14, injure 340; Region has seen years of militancy, thought to be aimed at securing a Muslim state

Bombs in Thailand kill 14, wound 340


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  • Terry L Smith  On 1 MarpmSat, 31 Mar 2012 21:16:26 -06002012-03-31T21:16:26-06:0009 2009 at 21:16

    As a former USAF, serving in U-Tapao from 1971 to 1974, and a personal witness/victor to a Bangkok johnny jihad’s search for nirvana:

    I am appalled that “Terror Trends Bulletin” makes the claim: “Regular readers of TTB may recall 3 years ago when we first covered the Jihadist insurgency in Southern Thailand:”, when i have been watching this happen, even as i had been combatting the Communists, back all those years ago, as the Thai nationals had incursions from Communist China, (including their naval commandos, as they attempted to infiltrate the airbase), Khmer Rouge from Cambodia, and the johnny jihads from the southern Malay peninsulla.

    The jihadists have been in operation inside Thailand, for over 41 years!

    My hope is that they never reach such beautiful places as the ancient Ayudhaya palace, for in their dog-rabid mind, it does not fit Allah’s view of the world, and they will likely tear it stone for stone, as they have done so to monuments of ages gone by. I have no doubt that The Temple of Dawn, would be a goner, as would The Sleeping Buddha.

    My salute to the People of Muang Thai, and to HRM Rama IX. (low hai wai)


  • Dr. Bimbu  On 1 MarpmSat, 31 Mar 2012 23:26:27 -06002012-03-31T23:26:27-06:0011 2009 at 23:26

    Obama’s election was suppose to stop all this.


  • terrortrends  On 1 ApramSun, 01 Apr 2012 06:17:05 -06002012-04-01T06:17:05-06:0006 2009 at 06:17

    Mr. Smith:

    If you carefully read our original post on the insurgency in Thailand, you will see that we did not claim that we were the first to ever cover this insurgency.

    Yesterday we simply referred to that original post as OUR first story on the subject, not THE first story on the subject.

    Thanks for taking the time to write.

    The Editor


  • joe  On 1 AprpmMon, 02 Apr 2012 15:46:58 -06002012-04-02T15:46:58-06:0003 2009 at 15:46

    “Obama’s election was suppose to stop all this.”

    HA! We TOLD you his election would EMBOLDEN jihadists…



  • By JIHAD ISN’T ALL ABOUT ISRAEL | Terror Trends Bulletin on 1 AugpmMon, 04 Aug 2014 21:48:37 -06002014-08-04T21:48:37-06:0009 2009 at 21:48

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