Roadside bomb kills Army Ranger in Thailand’s Deep South on May 4

The blast targeted a military vehicle in Waeng district, Narathiwat Province. The soldiers were transporting equipment to their base in preparation for a celebration on May 5. A day earlier, a similar attack was recorded in the province’s Ru So district. No soldiers were wounded in that explosion, which took place after the soldiers’ vehicle had already passed.
The blast underscores persistently volatile security conditions in Thailand’s far south. Malay-Islamist insurgents conduct frequent attacks against security forces and local opposition. For example, roadside bombings are relatively common occurrences. Security forces will likely launch raids and bolster deployments in the aforementioned southern regions, yet further attacks should be expected regionally. Certain militant factions likely seek to disrupt reported negotiations between select insurgent factions and the Thai government.

About Daniel Brode

Senior Intelligence Analyst with Max-Security Solutions, a geopolitical risk-consulting firm in Israel. Articles have been published in The New York Times, Jerusalem Post, Al-Arabiya, and Hurriyet. Matriculated at the Virginia Military Institute; completed US Army Airborne School and an exchange program at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces Hamburg. Studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before receiving a B.A. from Duquesne University in History and a Minor in German. Graduated with a M.A. in Security & Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. Interned as a research analyst for the Institute for National Security Studies in the Military and Strategic Affairs Program and represented Tel Aviv University in the Wikistrat International Grand Strategy Competition. Completed mandatory military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
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