ARMY CHIEF GENERAL Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered security to be beefed up in the deep South for the last 10 days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Banphot Poonpien, spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), said Prayuth yesterday also warned officers to be cautious when travelling to community relations activities.
The junta leader instructed the Isoc Region 4 front command to foster good understanding among academics, students and people who held different opinions from the state.
Authorities were urged to enforce laws justly, make progress in national security cases and use the opportunity to carry out social service activities.
As for the peace dialogue with separatists, which has been stalled for months, Thai authorities were proceeding to turn the policy into action, he said.
The National Security Council was contacting Malaysia, the facilitator, to discuss the talks’ format and the teams’ composition.
In Pattani, a motorcycle bomb attack on Tuesday night on a Sai Buri district vehicle on the Pattani-Narathiwat highway wounded six officials slightly.
Police found the bomb, possibly detonated by two-way radio, strapped to a cooking-gas tank planted in the stolen motorbike’s sidecar.
Suspecting the attack group to be led by bomb-makers Afandi Kapa and Usman Jehpa, security officers yesterday raided three locations in tambon Kadunong, while highway patrols were told to be on constant alert for roadside bombs.
In Yala, police were considering an arrest warrant for suspected insurgent Abah Jeh-ali for his alleged involvement in the July 10 ambush that killed Pol Lt-Colonel Adinan Isma-il, Krong Penang Police Station deputy superintendent, and two other officers.