YALA, 10 April 2014 – Security has been tightened up in Yala Province ahead of the Thai New Year festivities, after bomb explosions rocked the province on April 6th.
Governor of Yala Detrat Simsiri said that the suspects of four explosions that killed one person and wounded many others in Yala sneaked the bombs into the Yala City Municipality through a route that had been long closed-off by authorities. Recently however, the roadblock was removed by the locals, easing way for the insurgents to sneak into the city. Therefore, the governor urged that all routes remain closed, as there are not enough authorities to secure all areas.
Detrat added that police now have some clues of who the suspects are, but arrest warrants will not be issued until sufficient and credible evidence has been collected.
As the Songkran festival is approaching, the governor says he has ordered military and police forces to beef up security measures to ensure safety for both locals and tourists, adding that security will remain tight until the situation improves.