According to the Deep South Watch Group, which monitors the violence, a decades-old separatist insurgency has claimed the lives of nearly 7,000 people since 2004. The separatist insurgency is found in the predominantly Buddhist Thailand’s largely ethnic Malay, Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.
Many governments have tried to negotiate with rebel groups. The aim of the talks is to bring peace but the discussions have significantly stalled, including under the current, military government.
Regarding the attacks on Sunday, explosives were placed close to ATM machines and bank branches in over 14 locations across four southern provinces. The provinces involved include Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, as well as Songkhla province, as stated by the military.
The start of the fasting month for Ramadan has begun last week.
There was no claim of responsibility for the recent attacks in the southern Thailand, which is the typical scenario.
Some rebel groups in the south stated that they are working to have an independent state established.
Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of Thailand, told the local media in April about how his government has made some major headway in talks with insurgents.
Mara Patani, one of the insurgent groups talking to the government, had one of his spokesmen report that there hasn’t been much of a progress and that the Thai government is to be blamed for it.