Recent violence in the deep South stemmed from attempts by insurgents to frame state officers and fuel hatred against the state, a senior officer said.
The incidents include Sunday’s murder and burning of a woman in Yaring in Pattani and the shooting murders of three boys in Bacho in Narathiwat on Monday last week.
Colonel Pramote Phrom-in, spokesman of Internal Security Operations Command Region 4 Forward Command, said that on Sunday officers found 10 Army camouflage uniforms and 20 Ranger uniforms at a remote insurgents’ base.
He said the base was located on Tawae Mountain in Rangae district in Narathiwat. Many home-made bombs and bomb components were also discovered. “The insurgents tried to wear clothing like state officers to carry out attacks to frame state officers,” he said.
Forensic police collected evidence at the base yesterday, while 150 Rangers hunted for up to 20 insurgents on the mountain.
Meanwhile, the Southern Border Provinces Police Operations Centre in Yala has trained 210 police and military officers to set a joint task force to carry out proactive operations to tackle unrest in the region.