BANGKOK, 4 July 2014 – The Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) has ordered security officials working in the Deep South to be especially on guard during the last ten days of the Ramadan fasting month, as insurgents hold the belief that attacks toward the end of the Ramadan period would earn them more merit than at other times.
According to Colonel Banphot Phunphien, the ISOC’s spokesperson, the situation in the southern border provinces has been orderly. However, statistics indicate that the insurgents often choose to strike during the last ten days of Ramadan because they believe they would earn much more merit this way.
Army Area 4 commanding-general Walit Rochanaphakdi has asked religious leaders to foster correct understanding about the belief. He has also ordered security personnel to implement additional security measures during the said period.