Army chief: No link between Pakistani, Thai insurgencies


BANGKOK, Dec 17 — Thai Army chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr said that the deadly attack at an army-run school in Pakistan that killed more than 100 students is not linked to the insurgent violence in Thailand’s southern border provinces.

Some 141 people, including 132 students, were killed while over 200 others wounded after militant gunmen stormed into an army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday and exchanged fire with the security forces.

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The school attack raises concern over the possibility of terror threat to security in the Asia-Pacific region and in Thailand.

Gen Udomdej, who is also Deputy Defense Minister, said the army is not negligent about possible violent attacks in the Thai south and has closely monitored the situation to prevent any violence.

There is no connection between the militants operating in Pakistan and those in Thailand, he said.

The Pakistan problem is domestic but the authorities here are also taking precautions following the incident in the South Asian country, he said.