The torching of nearly 80 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in seven districts of Yala on Monday arose from a business conflict rather than the southern unrest, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said yesterday.
Mr Chalerm, who heads a government centre attempting to solve problems in the deep South, cited a report from local authorities.
"I received a report that it was the work of those who lost bids to install CCTVs. They hired a group of teenagers [to set fire to the cameras].
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