Gov’t mulls curfew in at-risk southern areas

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BANGKOK, Feb 6 – Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung said today that curfews will possibly be imposed at dusk in some areas in Thailand’s deep South which have been repeated targets of militant attacks.

He cited Krong Pinang and Yaring in the southernmost province of Yala as two districts where curfews will be necessary as part of security measures to protect the public.

Mr Chalerm was referring to the murder of four fruit vendors in Krong Pinang district by a group of gunmen on Tuesday.

The assailants stormed into a hut in the district and killed the four natives of Rayong province who travelled South to buy fruit for resale in Rayong.

Mr Chalerm said the attackers meant to instigate unrest in the South.

He said the authorities in charge of southern security will meet Friday to map clear-cut measures to deal with the southern insurgency.