NSC visits southern border region for follow-up probe into continued violence

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BANGKOK, 1 September 2012  – The National Security Council (NSC) has returned to the southern border region to follow up on probes into continued insurgent attacks 

NSC Secretary-General Wichean Potephosree, on Saturday, travelled to the 3 southern border provinces to get more information on the latest attacks in the region on August 31st.

Unidentified men have launched attacks, with symbolic effect, in various spots across the region on Friday. There were more than 100 violent incidents, including 5 bomb attacks that wounded 6 security officials, with Malaysian national flags displayed at the site of every incident.

Police General Wichean also visited the region to follow up on other investigative works and get the latest information, which will be reported back to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra later.

He added that 3 main concerns during his trip include the security measures in 7 safety zones, the installation of CCTVs and the distribution of police and military personnel in the region.

The NSC Secretary-General commented that the latest series of attacks were likely intended to instigate conflicts between Thailand and Malaysia, on the day that was the Malaysian national day and marked the founding day of the Malay separatist organization Bersatu.

He said that there is no need to bring the issue up with Malaysia as both countries have been collaborating closely in solving the Deep South violence.