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PM says curfew yet to be decided as five killed in Yala

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday left the door open for night curfews in hot spots in the restless deep South as part of a review of security operations. "The decision on a curfew will hinge on the evaluation of specific conditions in a given area," she said.

"There was no rush to force residents to remain indoors as the curfew would be imposed as a last resort after other measures failed to curb the insurgent violence, she said.

The security assessment would explore what more should be done to smother the attacks, such as deploying additional bomb detectors and government forces.

Security agencies were gauging the security risk at each locality and she would study their recommendations before finalising her decision on a curfew.

She was speaking to reporters after a car bomb left five troops dead and one severely wounded in Yala's Raman district.

Police suspect it was the work of a terrorist group led by Abdul Rohing Da-eso, also known as Ustaz Rohing Asong.

Police said that the explosive was

detonated by remote control when a six-wheel truck passed by carrying six soldiers from Yala Task Force 12 to provide an escort for workers at a pig farm.

Some six unidentified militants arrived at the scene and made off with five assault rifles belonging to the troops.

The device was assembled in a pickup truck stolen from Somsak Kwanma, the teacher who was shot dead in an insurgency attack in December.

Colonel Pramote Prom-in, a deputy spokesman for Internal Security Operations Command Division 4, said officials and villagers in the area were in a state of shock, as the unidentified militants had disguised themselves as soldiers.

Instead of helping the bomb victims, they suddenly shot and finished them off.




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