State of emergency extended further in Deep South

As a move to tighten security and provide full travel safety for the people during the upcoming Christmas and New Year festivals, the government yesterday agreed to extend the state of emergency in the deep South for another three months after it expires today.

The state of emergency will be valid in three border provinces comprising Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Gen Wanlop Rugsanaoh said the Cabinet agreed to extend the state of emergency covering three southern border provinces Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani for three more months until March 19, 2018.

The extension is aimed at maintaining peace and order, and enhancing peoples safety in the area.

Gen Wanlop said the recent attack on a Betong-Bangkok bus has wrecked the confidence of the people planning to travel during New Year holidays.

He said the deputy prime minister and defense has ordered the Fourth Army Region to tighten security particularity threats targeting the public transportation system.

But he said the military intelligence has not yet detected any security threats.

Meanwhile the Royal Thai Police has ordered all police officers nationwide to tighten security measures against possible crimes during Xmas and New Year festivals.

In a video tele-conferencing to all police commands nationwide, deputy commissioner Pol Gen Chalermkiat Srivorakan ordered that police collaborate with the military and district officials to conduct patrols at events where a crowd of people are gathering to celebrate New Year.

He said that the ID card verification system that links with police criminal records will be deployed in risk-prone areas, including bus terminals and places where celebrative activities are organized.

Night entertainment venues such as pubs, bars and nightclubs are asked not to operate over permitted hours while fireworks are banned, he added.