Arrest warrants out for two suspects in multiple Narathiwat blasts


BANGKOK, Sept 19 – Thailand’s deputy national police chief Pol Gen Adul Sangsingkaew on Monday confirmed that court-approved arrest warrants have been issued against two suspects in the coordinated bombings in Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok district last Friday.

Friday night’s deadly coordinated bombings killed five people, including three Malaysian tourists, and wounded more than a hundred others.

Speaking to reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra about the continuing violence in the southern border region, Gen Adul disclosed that there was substantial evidence against the two.

At least five people are believed to have been involved in the deadly bomb attacks. Investigation is under way to track them.

The deputy police chief said the prime minister instructed security personnel in the region to adjust their operations to protect the lives of the people with coordination among agencies concerned.

Gen Adul said the latest violence was part of an attempt to keep violence in the public eye, and to follow the pattern of violent acts by the insurgents.

He also brushed aside suggestions that the blasts were aimed at challenging the new Pheu Thai-led government.

Almost daily attacks since early 2004 have claimed about 4,800 lives in the insurgency-torn region, according to Deep South Watch, an independent research group that monitors the violence in Thailand’s three southern provinces of Yala Pattani and Narathiwat bordering Malaysia.