Bin Laden’s death not to exacerbate southern unrest

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BANGKOK, 3 May 2011  – The death of Usama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden most likely will not incite more violence in the three southernmost provinces of the kingdom, according to National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General Tawin Pleansri. 

Mr Tawin stated that the death of the Al-Qaeda leader should not affect the situation in the three provinces: Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat; given unrest perpetrators in the south do not belong to the same group as the international terrorists.

Nevertheless, the secretary-general pledged that security units will always be ready in order to ensure safety within the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister overseeing Security Affairs Suthep Thaugsuban has said all related units have stepped up security measures and have remained vigilant although Thailand is not an attack target of the terrorism network, adding that so far there has been no intelligence report of such an attempt.