YALA, Oct 8 (TNA) - Acting National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Patheep Tanprasert visited Thailand’s southern border provinces on Thursday after fresh bomb attacks in Narathiwat to give moral support to police posted there and to follow up measures to reduce violence in the region.
Gen Patheep told reporters after meeting with officers at the Police Operations Centre of the Southern Border Provinces in Yala that his mission now is to give moral support to the police who work in the restive region and to follow up the situation and to assess the measures to ease violent attacks in the border provinces.
Presumed insurgents on Tuesday fired on patrons and hurled a homemade explosive at a roadside food shop in Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat before fleeing on their motorcycle, killing two people and wounding a dozen others.
On the same day, a car bomb exploded in front of a local hotel, killing one person and wounding many.
Gen Patheep said he will gather information to adjust the response and prevent futrure insurgent attacks.
As for an explosive-detection device, called the GT-200, that malfunctioned in detecting bombs and preventing an attack, the police chief said he would discuss with technicians, but needed more information before commenting.
If the officials could identify the cause of the problem, it could be solved, he added.
A court on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for four suspected insurgents in connection with Tuesday's multiple bomb attacks in the restive southern province of Narathiwat.
Local police identified the four suspects as Muhammad Rawi Awae, Ilhas Nima, Rosalan Gubaru and Muhammad Sakari Sising.
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban also said on Wednesday he will visit the restive south on Monday to follow up on responses to the violence. (TNA)
General News : Last Update : 11:08:14 8 October 2009 (GMT+7:00)