Narathiwat rocked by more bombs today



NARATHIWAT: — More bombs went off this morning in Narathiwat injuring three soldiers and volunteers in renewed symbolic attacks.

The latest violent cases in three districts of Narathiwat came less than a day after Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered stepped up security patrols and checks following yesterday’s multiple attacks in Narathiwat’s Cho-airong district alone, wounding seven policemen and paramilitary rangers.

The attacks were believed by security authorities as a symbolic to mark the 56th of the founding of the Barisan Revolusi Nasionale separatist movement.

In renewed violence Monday morning in Narathiwat, three bombs went off, one injuring two soldiers and another wounding a defence volunteer.

One bomb was aimed at hurting a foot patrol unit from Task Force 31 which was on teacher security duty .

As the patrolmen passed Ban Cha Baepa in Tambon Kosatho of Tak Bai district, a roadside home-made bomb was detonated about 6.50 am.

The explosion injured two officers identified as chief warrant officer Krisorn Khunsap, and Pvt Wanchalerm Pubooonmee.

All were admitted to Tak Bai Hospital.

Meanwhile troop reinforcement sent to assist the patrolmen was ambushed and clashed briefly with a group of insurgents.

There was no casualties as the attackers fled into the jungles.

But three villagers were caught leaving the village in a hurry.

The third violence occurred in Sungai Padi district when a bomb went off behind Thodeng train station in Tambon Thodeng after a defence volunteer tried to examine a suspicious object.

The volunteer was injured in the stomach.

Yesterday government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said bus stops and crowded places are among the areas where security is to be tightened.

As the Bangkok Post reported, he said the prime minister ordered that the people wounded in Sunday’s attacks receive the best medical care, and instructed security forces to hunt for the attackers.

Maj Gen Sansern said the government will not tolertate any unlawful action, and will step up operations against insurgents, influential criminal figures, drug dealers, illegal oil traders and human traffickers.

Under the prime minister’s order, the crackdown on these illegal activities must be effective within six months to restore peace in society and do away with all forms of violence and killing.

The prime minister asked people to cooperate fullly with the government and authorities to end the violence and loss of lives and property.


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