Thailand concerns

This item appears on page 18 of the March 2008 issue.

Muslim insurgents have been acting in Thailand’s southern provinces for four years now, creating risks for those traveling overland in Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla provinces. (Coastal resort areas have not been affected.)

They are suspected of killing eight soldiers in an ambush on Jan. 14, 2008, and the next day setting off a motorcycle bomb in a Yala marketplace, wounding 39.