Yingluck to visit South security staff

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra plans to visit the deep South on Thursday, said Suranand Vejjajiva, her secretary-general. The exact time and place have yet to be confirmed.

  • Published: 9/12/2012 at 12:00 AM
  • Newspaper section: topstories

He said the prime minister wanted to follow up on the work of security officers in the region and give them moral support.

However, Ms Yingluck did not want her visit to burden already busy officials in the restive areas.

The move came after several teachers in the deep South were attacked and around 40 insurgents raided a defence volunteers' outpost in Pattani's Kapho district on Friday when five assault rifles were stolen.

Pattani Governor Pramool Lamool, who supervises village defence volunteers in the strife-torn province, yesterday ordered all companies of volunteers in 12 districts and their outposts to be extra vigilant around the clock and to send out more teams of plain-clothes volunteers to gather information about the movements of insurgents in their areas.

Mr Pramool has asked all defence volunteer units to closely coordinate with police, soldiers and local officials. The governor also asked security officers to notify defence volunteers in advance if they wanted to inspect volunteers' outposts to prevent insurgents posing as soldiers from entering.

Pol Maj Gen Ekkaphop Prasitwattanachai, chief of Pattani police, said an initial investigation found that the armed men who raided the outpost on Friday were members of the Runda Kumpulan Kecil insurgent group led by Madaree Tayae.

Police had collected samples of forensic evidence, including DNA and fingerprints, and invited the five volunteers for interrogation.

The identities of some insurgents involved in the raid are known but their names could not be revealed, said Pol Maj Gen Ekkaphop. Some armed men were locals, he added.

He has set up two investigation teams to gather further evidence.

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