China Blocks YouTube; Violence continues in Sri Lanka, Thailand March 17, 2008Posted by Philip Ryan in Dalai Lama, News, Tibet.
49 people reported killed in fighting in Sri Lanka over the weekend. This is a vicious, tremendously violent conflict: the government claims it’s killed 2,152 rebels since the start of 2008.
A bomb and a drive-by shooting in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south killed two people and wounded six, mostly children playing near their homes, police said Monday.
The bomb — hidden in a parked motorcycle — exploded in front of a house under construction in Yala, one of three southern provinces where a Muslim insurgency has flared since 2004, said police Lt. Sarawut Mahachai.
One 6-year-old boy and two 7-year-old girls were severely wounded, Sarawut said, adding that the children were all Muslim.
Two other children and a soldier patrolling the area were slightly wounded by the bomb, triggered by a mobile phone, he said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and the motive was unclear, but authorities said they suspected Muslim insurgents.