Security has been beefed up in Hat Yai, Songkhla on Wednesday following widespread reports and rumours that a suspected insurgent who is on the run may take refuge here.
The authorities have distributed sketches of insurgents allegedly involved in last Friday’s car bomb in Pattani’s Saiburi district, in which six police officers and security officials were killed and many others wounded.
An unconfirmed report has indicated that the suspected insurgent was hiding in Hat Yai district.
Defence volunteers have provided round-the-clock security in Hat Yai’s busy downtown business and tourist areas, especially on Sanehha Nusorn Road where the Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel is located. The hotel and shopping complex was hit by a bomb blast in March this year, killing more than 10 people and injuring at least 100.
Hat Yai police have also set up 35 checkpoints around the city and are keeping close watch on apartments and dormitories where the suspect may be staying.
Meanwhile, Pattani governor Tira Mintrasak visited and distributed financial assistance to civil servants, police, officials and passers-by who were injured in last Friday’s car bombing.
Three seriously wounded police officers remain in the intensive care unit. Ten police officers and six others are recuperating at Pattani Hospital, while 10 others remain in other Pattani hospitals.