Officials react to southern violence

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BANGKOK – The Prime Minister has ordered increased security in the southern region following a spate of attacks.

Prime Minister’s Office Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd has disclosed that following violence in the 3 southern border provinces, Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has issued an urgent command for all relevant authorities to secure at-risk locations and tend to those injured. He called for the quick apprehension of those behind the attacks while affirming his government’s commitment to uprooting insurgents, influential individuals, drug dealers, fuel smugglers and human traffickers within the next 6 months.

The premier also voiced support for physicians, nurses and staff at Joh Irong Hospital, which was besieged by BRN insurgents in the latest bout of violence, which took place on the 56th anniversary of the group’s formation. The prime minister stated that authorities must pay closer attention to the anniversaries of insurgent groups to protect against acts of violence.

National Police Commander Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda has given his view that the hospital siege was merely a show of force by the BRN but nonetheless has ordered stringent care by police.

The National Human Rights Council meanwhile, has issued a statement urging all sides to work towards peace and for insurgents in the southern region to cease their action.