Community leaders oppose curfew in southern Thailand
Community leaders are opposed to the possible imposition of a curfew in southern Thailand in the wake of recent bomb attacks, saying that such drastic action would draw international sanctions against the counterinsurgency operations while also affecting the daily lives of local residents.
Meanwhile, security officials are looking for eight vehicles reported stolen, which they fear may be used in future car bomb attacks, especially in Songkhla and Pattani provinces. In Pattani, three missing vehicles have reportedly been stuffed with explosives and are ready for use.
Army spokesman Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd said that curfews were now only an option and would not be imposed entirely in the three southern provinces, but only in areas prone to
terrorist insurgent activities or necessary security operations.
Pattani police said one of the three detained suspects allegedly involved with killing four soldiers was cooperating and giving useful information. The unnamed man said newly recruited
terrorists insurgents were from three Yawi-speaking districts in Songkhla, Raman district in Yala and Ba Cho district in Narathiwat, under the command of the Runda Kumpalan Kecil (RKK) based in Pattani.
The bomb attack on the CS Pattani Hotel in Pattani was blamed on six
terrorists insurgents, including a getaway driver and two lookouts. This attack may have been commanded by Mosoreh Tueramah, a native of Pattani living in Muang district.
A village leader based in Panareh district of Pattani was yesterday gunned down while on his way for a Muslim prayers. Witnesses said that two gunmen on a motorcycle approached Mayusoh Dorloh and fired two shots at him before fleeing. The victim died at the scene.
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