Pro-Government death squad (Thailand)

Country: Thailand
Details of Formation: It is unclear when the PGM was exactly founded but the first incident is reported on 8 June 2008.
Details of Termination: There are no reports that the Pro-Government death squad was dissolved or banished (like the Anti-Muslim death squad under the last military rule) and they were still active in the beginning of 2014.
Purpose: According to sources, the group was used to target suspected BRN insurgents and Muslims (including religious leaders), e.g. to get revenge for rebel attacks, intimidating these groups as a consequence. The government denied this.
Organisation: News sources report joint operations with security forces, but other than this there is no information on how the government controlled the group or its leadership.
Weapons and Training: --
Size: --
Reason for Membership: --
Treatment of Civilians: The group killed and injured civilians, mainly Muslims, in massacres and shootings, e.g. by targeting mosques or Muslim shops. The group was involved in a cycle of violence and revenge with the BRN and obstructed peace talks by killing of religious authority figures.
Other Information: There is no evidence that the group is linked to the Anti-Muslim death squad which was active under the rule of Thaksin Shinawatra (until 2006). However, the groups seem similar and it is not impossible that there is a connection. It is not reported who is in charge of the PGM and to whom it is connected within the government.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.