Security tightenened ahead of anniversary of army camp raid
Security in the deep south province of Narathiwat has been tightened on the ninth anniversary of an insurgents' raid at an army camp in Joh I Rong district.
Pol Maj Gen Wichai Kaemwong, provincial police commissioner, said he has instructed police in 13 districts to strengthen security measures both before and after the day on which insurgents raided the army camp and snatched a total of 413 guns. Only 94 were retrieved. Four soldiers were killed in the raid.
Two of the 11 suspects who were allegedly involved with the raid and for whom arrest warrants were issued were arrested. They were Mazuki Seng and Saesun Abdulroha.
Between 2004 and 2012, at least 4,589 individuals were killed, 2,751 of them Thai Muslims. The violence injured 9,071 people, of whom 2,865 were Thai Muslims.
The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre recently revealed that the attacks included 2,480 roadside and vehicular bombings.
Of the 501 securityrelated criminal cases brought to court, 304 or 60.6 per cent ended in acquittals, resulting in 780 suspected insurgents walking free.
The budget for operations to contain the violence and carry out development projects this year will reach a record Bt21.124 billion, compared with Bt16.277 billion last year and Bt13.45 billion in 2004.