Army Chief beefs up security in Deep South after recent attack

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NARATHIWAT, 18 September 2015 – Royal Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr has ordered officials in the restive South to raise the level of security after the latest bombing while admitting that the peace dialogue still requires more time. 

In the wake of a deadly bomb attack in Ra-ngae district of Narathiwat on Thursday, Gen Udomdej pointed out that the incident was another attempt of the insurgent network to incite fear among local residents. He affirmed that authorities have managed to keep the situation under control and will now work harder to ensure maximum safety for everyone. Special attention is being given as insurgent violence often occurred around the end of the fiscal year in the past.

Despite the latest incident, the Army Chief insisted that the number of attacks has decreased from last year. As for the government’s peace talks with various insurgent groups, he revealed that more time needs to be allowed for the process since no concrete agreements have been reached so far.

Gen Udomdej pleaded with all unrest instigators to put aside their separatist ideology and turn to cooperate with the government in developing the nation for the happiness of all Thai people.