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Police surveillance in Pattani tightened after 4 killed in South

Checkpoints set up to hunt for three stolen motorcycles that might be used in future bomb attacks

AS UNREST in the deep South continued yesterday with two attacks that killed a total of four people, including two soldiers, police in Pattani set up checkpoints to look for three stolen motorcycles that they suspect might be used in future bomb attacks.

Pattani deputy police chief Pol Colonel Thanongsak Wangsupa instructed officials in 12 districts of the province to set up checkpoints, especially on main roads, to intercept the transport of illegal items such as weapons, explosives and suspicious vehicles.

A national security intelligence source had alerted police that a group of five or six insurgents had made away with three motorcycles to cause chaos in community areas of Pattani.



Two soldiers killed

In Yala's Muang district, two soldiers were killed when a motorcycle bomb went off at 10.32am on Phetchkasem Road (Lam Mai-Pak Lor). The victims were identified as Sergeant Somyod Plai-ngam and Sergeant Suriya Salungseu.

The two soldiers were riding motorcycles as part of a convoy of one truck and three motorbikes towards their base after a community activity at Pattana Lam Mai School. Police suspect the insurgent cell led by Apisi Yusoh was responsible for the motorcycle bomb that was parked alongside the road and went off while the convoy was passing through that area.

In Yala's Yaha district, three volunteer rangers were injured by two bombs yesterday at 7.40am. Police suspect that the area's insurgent cell, led by a man identified as Saudi Satorpa, carried out the attack.

The twin bombs, placed 50 metres from each other, went off near the entrance to Wang Samran School in tambon La-ae. It was reportedly targeted at the 14-strong patrol team that gives teachers protection. The explosion seriously injured Samitr Chaikhongphrom, 39, while two others - Krittapat Wongmanee, 27, and Rusandee Kachi, 31 - were slightly wounded.

Meanwhile, unknown gunmen shot dead two villagers and seriously injured another at a rubber plantation in Narathiwat's Rusoh district yesterday morning.

Police suspect the attack, which took place at 2.10am in tambon Rusoh, was part of the unrest in the region.

Rusoh police and security officers found the bullet-ridden bodies of Muhammada Sahoh, 29, and Masoloh Deeyoh, 30, in the plantation.

The third victim, Ayup Sahoh, 28, who sustained a gunshot on his left thigh, was sent to Rusoh Hospital.

Police found four spent bullets at the scene.

The three men, who are related, were going to tap rubber when the gunmen opened fire at them and then fled.




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