Security beefed up in Deep South following spate of attacks

Suspected insurgents staged another round of violence last night by burning stores, firing at houses, security bases and checkpoints in Narathiwat, Pattani and Songkhla provinces.

The spate of attacks place all government authorities in the four southern border provinces to increase security checks on all vehicles entering southern towns as forensic police and EOD officers began to inspect the crime scenes this morning (Feb 24).

Security authorities reported over 10 incidents, ranging from car tires burning, shooting attacks, and arsons. They believed the incidents intended to generate unrest and damage properties of civilians and of government as nobody was hurt in the incidents.

The attacks include:

  • Fires at a fancy fish shop and a supermarket in Muang district of Narathiwat. Chuchart Silamas, the fish shop owner, said he heard an explosion first and then saw a fire which raged very quickly and completely gutted his shop. Forensic police suspected the assailants used either fire or pipe bombs in both attacks.
  • Shooting attacks at a house of a police lieutenant officer in Thepha district of Songkhla. Police said suspected militants fired at the house with assault rifles. The shooting attack also took place at a house of a police sergeant. There was no injury in both attacks but caused damages to their properties.
  • In Pattani, several police and military outposts were attacked by gun men. The militants also burned car tyres on several roads to cause disturbances in the towns.

Royal Thai Police spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said the police have cooperated with the military and local administration officials to check if the violent incidents would have link to any group, and bring all of them to justices.

They were collecting evidences to hunt them down, he added.