BANGKOK: Security forces in the popular tourist town of Hatyai in southern Thailand have stepped up surveillance following intelligence reports of a possible militant attack this weekend.

According to a report on the online version of Bangkok Post last night, authorities, including those from the explosive ordnance units patrolled round-the-clock, the city which is popular among Malaysian tourists to thwart any attack.

“They (security forces) were looking for suspiciously parked vehicles, using jammers to disconnect any mobile phone signal and checking them for possible installation of explosives,” it said.

Intelligence reports from the Internal Security Operations Command in Pattani warned that militant groups might be planning several bomb attacks in Hatyai yesterday and today.

Surveillance by Thai security forces focussed on Hatyai’s commercial areas including Kim Yong market, Saneha Nusorn Road and Niphat Uthit 3 Road, said the newspaper.

The stepped-up patrols in the busy city was in response to an intelligence warning of a militant group led by Seri Waemamu which was active in Pattani’s Nong Chik, Thepa and Chana in Songkla.

Hatyai was a target of fatal bomb attacks in May 2007, Sept 2006 and May 2014. – Bernama