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Pol Col Jeffrey Saimankun Tackles Midnight Insurgency Fires in Thailand’s Deep South

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In the deepest hours of the night, as most of the southern tip of Thailand lay wrapped in the soft embrace of slumber, a series of events unfolded that would see the first light of dawn in a rather unusual context. It was a night painted with the flames of adversity in the border provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat, where a group of suspected insurgents spun a fiery web of chaos, leaving the local fire brigades and police forces in a frantic race against the clock.

In Pattani, a quartet of convenience stores found themselves engulfed in unexpected infernos. From the bustling streets of Muang to the quiet corners of Yaring, Yarang, and Khok Pho districts, the night air was thick with smoke and uncertainty. Not content with their fiery spree, the arsonists turned their attention to car tyres, igniting them at three separate locations and painting the night with the light of rebellion.

At the helm of the investigation was the indefatigable Pol Col Jeffrey Saimankun, chief of Pattani’s Muang district police. Following a midnight call, his team descended upon a 7-Eleven in tambon Puyud that had seen better hours. Firefighters, with their trucks wailing through the night, battled the blaze for a grueling hour, eventually restoring calm from the chaos.

The store’s employees recount the harrowing moments when three armed figures emerged from the shadows, discharging their weapons into the sky, their threats hanging heavy in the air. With their lives hanging by a thread, the employees had no choice but to abandon the store, allowing the gunmen to douse it in petrol and leave it ablaze. A somber testimony to their visit lay in the three cartridges and a solitary bullet found by the police.

But the night’s tale was far from over. As the clock ticked on, other locations felt the wrath of these unknown arsonists. Car tyres smouldered under the black sky, and convenience stores in tambon Bang Poo and Makrud fell victim to the flames. It seemed no road was safe, with Na Pradu-Sai Khao and another unnamed road joining the list of fire-kissed sites.

In a concerted effort to stem this tide of unrest, combined teams of police, soldiers, and local officials formed a bulwark against further chaos. Road checkpoints sprang up like mushrooms after a rain, a vigilant eye kept for any suspicious movements.

Elsewhere, in Yala, the fiery spectre danced through seven different locations, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. A furniture shop, a power pole, and a telephone signal pole—none were spared. And as if to mark their path, car tyres and metal spikes littered the roads.

Narathiwat, too, saw its share of the fiery onslaught, with car tyres set ablaze as if in defiance of the tranquil night. Col Ekwarit Chobchuphon, a spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) Region 4 Forward Command, painted a grim picture of the night’s events, recounting more than 30 locations engulfed by insurgent activities.

An atmosphere of sorrow enveloped Pattani as news broke of a casualty amidst these attacks—a Myanmar woman, whose dreams and aspirations were snuffed out as swiftly as the flames that engulfed the convenience store she worked at.

As the investigation unfolds, authorities are piecing together the puzzle, believing these events were an orchestrated effort to mark the sorrowful anniversary of the Tak Bai tragedy. The motive? To undermine the local economy, shake the community’s trust in their protectors, and disrupt the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan. Yet, in the face of such adversity, the spirit of these southern communities remains unbroken, their resolve, like the day’s first light, ever bright.


  1. polwatcher98 March 22, 2024

    It’s incredibly tragic to see such violence disrupt the peace, especially during a time like Ramadan. These acts are nothing short of terroristic, aiming to instill fear within communities.

    • SunnyHues March 22, 2024

      While I understand the gravity of what happened, it’s important to ask ourselves – what drives people to commit such acts? There’s usually a deeper issue at play here.

      • justice_seeker March 22, 2024

        Agreed, SunnyHues. There’s often a history of grievances and injustices that fuel such desperation. Not justifying, but it’s complex.

      • polwatcher98 March 22, 2024

        Complex, yes, but never an excuse for violence against innocent people and their livelihoods. We need to find peaceful resolutions.

    • TruePatriot March 22, 2024

      Absolutely, these are deliberate acts of terror. The authorities need to respond with strength to protect our people and our nation.

      • SunnyHues March 22, 2024

        Strength doesn’t always mean aggression. History shows us that escalation often leads to more loss on both sides.

  2. worldwatcher March 22, 2024

    Isn’t it striking how such events seem distant until you read the personal stories? A Myanmar woman’s dreams were extinguished because of this… How many more stories like hers are out there, untold?

    • EmpathyFirst March 22, 2024

      You’ve highlighted a profound point. In the numbers and the news, we often forget the individual human stories. Each number was a person with hopes, dreams, and loved ones.

      • worldwatcher March 22, 2024

        Exactly, EmpathyFirst. It’s those stories that remind us of the urgency to find solutions, to prevent further loss of life and dreams.

  3. RationalDebate March 22, 2024

    I feel like we’re missing a critical discussion on how to prevent such attacks in the future. Strengthening intelligence and community relations seems key. Has anyone considered the role of socio-economic factors in fueling unrest?

    • GeoThinker March 22, 2024

      A very important point. Besides military and police action, addressing underlying socio-economic issues could remove the breeding ground for insurgency. It’s about long-term stability.

      • RationalDebate March 22, 2024

        Right, GeoThinker. It’s perhaps more challenging but definitely a more sustainable solution than just trying to suppress symptoms of deeper issues.

  4. HistoryBuff March 22, 2024

    Let’s not forget the Tak Bai tragedy’s role in all this. Historical events like these continue to impact present tensions. We must understand and acknowledge the past to move forward.

    • GeoThinker March 22, 2024

      Absolutely, HistoryBuff. History often holds the keys to understanding current conflicts. Without addressing past grievances, cycles of violence will continue.

  5. PeaceLover March 22, 2024

    It breaks my heart to read about violence like this. I just wish there was more focus on peace-building and reconciliation efforts. Any NGOs working on the ground to facilitate dialogue?

    • BridgeBuilder March 22, 2024

      Yes, there are multiple NGOs focused on community dialogue and peace-building. The challenge is scaling these efforts and ensuring they’re supported by different stakeholders, including the government.

  6. LocalVoice March 22, 2024

    As someone from the region, it’s tough to see your home painted in such a light. The majority of us want peace, and it’s a small fraction that resorts to violence. The media often forgets to show that.

    • EmpathyFirst March 22, 2024

      Thank you for sharing your perspective, LocalVoice. It’s vital we hear directly from those most affected. Media narratives can obscure as much as they reveal.

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