Three car-bomb attacks Saturday in southern Thailand, which killed at least 14 people and wounded hundreds of others, propelled Muslim hostility toward a recent crisis point after years of brutal attacks, the Wall Street Journal said.
Thailand's southern militants are seeking out higher-profile targets according to security analysts. The bombs singled out weekend shoppers and vacationers in busy commercial areas, turning a small conflict into a much more dangerous campaign.
Security officials blamed the attacks on Muslim rebels seeking to break away from control of the national government.
It is still unclear what the rebels' specific goals are, but unlike other militant groups, Thailand's Muslim insurgents keep a low profile and make few public pronouncements.