Mujahideen Islamic Pattani Group
Some bandit bands have also been organized into terrorist organizations, such as the Mujahideen Islamic Pattani Group, to carry out terrorist acts in many localities to impress established movements that they also aspire to become secessionists. Many groups of hired gunmen and fugitives, who disguise themselves as separatists, have also carried out extortion operations in these provinces. The characteristics of almost all incidents occurring in the region, be they those committed by separatist-terrorists, common bandits, interest groups, or individual persons, are similar in nature. As a result, people generally believe that they are committed by the same group of perpetrators. Terrorist acts are mostly carried out in scattered localities, especially in populated areas, and are not concentrated in a particular locality. Other targets of terrorist attacks are municipal areas in Narathiwat and Pattani Provinces. Only a few attacks have been carried out in Songkhla and Satun Provinces. Terrorist activities will continue unabated. However, lately, the terrorist movement has lost a lot of their combatants in armed clashes with the government authorities, thus prompting them to switch their tactics of fighting from the battlefield to social and psychological front by relying on the media as a tool. Taking advantage of certain incidents, they sometimes spread false rumors to confuse the public and to create misunderstanding among government agencies. The terrorists are still bent on trying to maintain their status quo, mobilizing more sympathizers and creating more fronts, and creating more achievements to enhance their influence and interests. In the meantime, many ordinary bandit groups still continue to exploit the insurgency situation to create unrest for the vested interests of particular individuals and groups.
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