PM Yingluck’s Deep South visit following deadly bomb attack on Yala deputy governor & official

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BANGKOK, 7 April 2013  Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has traveled to the violence-torn southern border region after the latest bomb attack killed the province’s deputy governor and another state official. 

The Premier and Minister of Interior Charupong Ruangsuwan, on Sunday, traveled to Yala, where the April-5 road bomb killed Deputy Governor Isra Thongthawat and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Provincial office’s Chavalit Chairuek, while injuring the driver.

Ms. Yingluck and Mr. Charupong were reportedly visiting Mr. Satopa Jeloh, the injured driver at a local hospital.

The PM and the minister later traveled to Nakhon Si Thammarat to attend the funeral of the deputy governor.

Before traveling to Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ms. Yingluck was briefed on the current situation in the restive South and met with governors of the four southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla.

Since 2004, insurgent violence has been blamed for the deaths of more than 5,000 people in the country’s restive Deep South.