Violence reported in Pattani; security stepped up in Yala


PATTANI, 5 June 2014 – Authorities in Yala have increased their security measures after a series of violent incidents took place in the province. In nearby Pattani, two patrol policemen were injured in an ambush. 

Insurgents in Yala yesterday morning burned CCTV security cameras, car tyres and cable lines at several spots in Kotabaru Sub-district. Authorities also discovered a number of suspicious black plastic bags in the middle of a traffic island and some petrol bottles, which were used to ignite the objects. The perpetrators had also scattered several road spikes at a bend on the Kotabaru-Raman Road.

The incidents have prompted Yala province to subsequently step up security measures, intensifying efforts in vehicle searches for suspicious objects in the province and its vicinity.

Meanwhile, two patrol police officers of a special operational unit in Pattani were ambushed yesterday opposite a school in Muang district while driving back to their base after doing some shopping. The two sides exchanged gunfire which ended in the escape of the assailants. The police officers were slightly wounded.