01 September 2015
As the police hunt for a Thai woman and at least two foreigners reveals the scale of the network thought to be behind the August 17 bomb that killed 20 people, security analysts say this is a game-changer for Thailand.
But the jigsaw that is slowly taking shape still misses one critical piece: If the network is a Uighur smuggling syndicate, as Thai police have said, why did it bomb a civilian target in a high-profile public place, attracting the focus and resources of Thailand’s security forces by inflicting certain foreign casualties?
“It is clear that (the network) was preparing for future attacks,”
… “This is a case in which human smuggling is overlapping with terrorism,” Singapore-based security expert Rohan Gunaratna, author of a book on terrorism in Thailand, told The Straits Times.
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Last updated on 16/11/2015