- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2007

12:11 p.m.

BANGKOK (AP) - Three men who said they boosted their courage with narcotics and cough syrup were arrested and confessed to involvement in deadly bombings and other attacks in southern Thailand blamed on Muslim insurgents, an army officer said today.

The three were arrested Sunday shortly after the attacks, which killed eight people and wounded nearly 70 in a 24-hour period beginning Sunday night, said Lt. Gen. Viroj Buajaroon, regional commander for the south.

Sunday’s attacks took place simultaneously in all four southern provinces where the terrorists operate — Yala, Narathiwat, Pattani and Songkhla. About 2,000 people have been killed in the area in the Islamist insurgency, which flared up in January 2004.

Despite the arrests and increased security, suspected insurgents carried out more attacks today, including at least two bombings. No casualties were reported.

Gen. Viroj said it still is unclear which group carried out Sunday’s attacks — which included 29 bombings within 45 minutes — but the three arrested suspects had linked the violence to an Islamic militant group and given information about others involved.

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