New face of terror emerges in South

Hired hands steal seven 'bomb trucks'

Forensic teams gather evidence at the scene where separatists exploded a bomb inside a stolen golden bronze Isuzu pickup outside police flat (left) in Mayo district of Pattani before dawn Thursday. (Photo courtesy Royal Thai Police)

A group of new generation members of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) insurgent movement stole seven vehicles in Pattani and Songkhla to use in bomb attacks in what authorities described as an "unexpected" new attack tactic in the far South.

Army chief Chalermchai Sitthisad said the group found responsible for Wednesday's car robberies in which one civilian and one militant were killed is a BRN group controlled by Dulloh Waemano.

New members who don't have criminal records were being trained to replace their predecessors who have either been arrested or gone into hiding after authorities obtained information about them linked to past attacks. These young and new members of the BRN have joined the group because they are hired, not because they agree with the group's ideology, Gen Chalermchai said.

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