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Security tightened in Songkhla following violence

Aug 07. 2012
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By Thai News Agency, the Nation

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Security agencies in Songkhla province have stepped up security measures to prevent possible violent attacks by insurgent groups as Ramadan comes to an end.


Hat Yai police have set up checkpoints and are searching all vehicles after Songkhla governor Kritsada Boonrat ordered tighter security after intelligence gathering agencies warned that Songkhla may be the insurgent’s choice of target.
The authorities also warned that three suspected stolen vehicles may be used for car bombings – a black Mitsubishi pickup truck and a black Mitsubishi sedan, both registered in Yala, and a silver bronze Isuzu pickup registered in Songkhla.
It was believed that the insurgents may plan a violent attack as Ramadan ends.
Posters of the stolen vehicles were distributed and posted in public places asking the public to help the authorities locate the vehicles.
Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit said Monday that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will discuss measures to address violence in the southern provinces on Wednesday afternoon.
He said that representatives of the National Security Council (NSC), the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC) and the Malaysian embassy would attend the meeting.
The meeting was expected to consider the imposition of a curfew and the pros and cons of existing measures, he said.
Yongyuth said there are different opinions on the curfew requested by some groups as the authorities must consider the overall impact.

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