UPDATE: Death toll where the GT-200 Molecular Detector failed to find the explosives is up to 4 people killed.
Thailand's Deputy PM Suthep is angry. Based on the information provided by Global Technical, the police think the GT-200 Detector failed because of a "lack of static electricity" in the user. Like all dowsing rods, the GT200 has to be held or touched by a person. To explain this fact, most sellers claim there is some relationship between the rod and the person's static electric field, magnetic field, or gravity. None of these claims has ever been proven, and the sellers claim their devices cannot be tested. Sadly for these 4 people, the civilian in this attack and the 3 police killed earlier this year, the terrorist bombs show the devices CAN be tested, and have failed.
Najib plans to join PM in tour of South
Suthep angry detector failed to locate bomb
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to join Abhisit Vejjajiva on a tour of southern border provinces for a first-hand look at the troubled area.
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday said Mr Najib was keen on a visit, which he would arrange as soon as possible.
He wanted to inspect the border provinces after twin bomb attacks on Tuesday in Narathiwat left four people dead.
Assailants fired on patrons and hurled a home-made bomb at three roadside restaurants in Sungai Kolok. Three were killed and 12 people were injured in the attacks about noon.
In a separate attack a few hours later, a car bomb was detonated opposite the Merlin Hotel in Sungai Kolok near a police station, killing one person and wounding many more.
Two people died in the attacks initially, but the death toll rose to four after two more victims died of their injuries overnight.
Mr Suthep said Mr Abhisit had discussed southern issues with Mr Najib during his recent visit to Malaysia.
Mr Najib had said he would like to inspect the far South with Mr Abhisit.
Insurgents with dual nationality are thought to take shelter across the border in Malaysia after launching attacks.
Mr Suthep, who supervises national security, asked why the car bomb in Sungai Kolok could not have been defused when security authorities knew a suspicious vehicle had been left in the area.
He said security officers used a bomb detector to scan the vehicle carrying the explosive but the device did not set off an alarm.
Local authorities have been ordered to step up security and Mr Suthep would visit the region on Monday. PM's Office Minister Virachai Virameteekul will leave for the South today.
In the car bomb attack, officials found explosives had been stuffed inside a 50-kilogramme gas cylinder placed inside a silver Honda City car.
The bomb was detonated remotely. The car, registered in Yala, was owned by GE Capital Auto Lease Co and leased to Abdulgareem Jehma, 30, from Pattani.
Investigators have found more than 10 witnesses who say they saw at least six men get out of the car before the blast.
Police believe some suspects stayed at the scene after the blast to take pictures of the damage on a cellphone camera.
The six surveillance cameras in the area were damaged by lightning in the past week so did not record any footage of the blast.
Lt Gen Kasikorn Khirisri, commander of a combined force of civil servants, police and soldiers, said in Pattani yesterday the GT200 bomb detector used in Sungai Kolok might have malfunctioned.
How well a detector works depends on the static electricity stored in the body of its user.
If the person using the detector is feeling weak physically, his static electricity will be down and weaken the effectiveness of the device.
In Pattani yesterday about 10am, Ahama Samae, a 47-year-old assistant village head in Ban Ton San, was shot dead while buying latex on Ban Ton San-Ban Khlong Sai road in tambon Mae Lan.