Photos of 4 insurgents distributed to preclude Hat Yai attack

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SONGKHLA, Dec 26 – Thai security agencies have distributed photos of four leading insurgents believed to be planning to carry out an attack in the commercial district of Hat Yai in this southern border province.

Pictured in the photos were Wan Koyree Sarai Araseh, Abdulhalem Jehku, Paming Jehkae and Muhamad Mutorlasae, all born in Narathiwat.

The security agencies received a tip that the four men might enter Hat Yai to attack the southern region’s commercial centre and main tourist attraction.

All agencies concerned were instructed to be on high alert and closely monitor the situation as well as keep a close watch on the movement of the four suspects.

A combined force of police, military and administrative staff remains vigilant. Security measures have been put in place including setting up checkpoints along routes into the Hat Yai city centre.

Security measures have been tightened in line with the provincial policy to be on high alert during New Year festival.