When a bomb planted on the railway tracks in Narathiwat exploded on Sunday, killing three and injuring more than 30 passengers, questioning eyes turned to the government and the security forces.
Since the southern violence started nine years ago, more than 200 billion baht of taxpayers' money has been spent on strengthening the security forces and improving relations with the local Malay Muslims. Yet the violence remains out of control.
While the daily killings of individuals continue unabated, attacks on public places have become more frequent and more destructive. The railway bombing is just the latest in a spate of major attacks that have occurred practically every month over the past year. These are happening when there is a 150,000-strong security force that includes soldiers, police officers, militia and paramilitary forces fighting the insurgency.
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