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Malaysian, Thai PMs in key visit to troubled region


Bombs, guns greet Abhisit, Najib

The Malaysian and Thai prime ministers made a historic joint visit Wednesday to Thailand’s restive south where a bloody separatist insurgency has left more than 4,000 dead.

Security was tight for the trip after a spike in deadly bombings and shootings that has left 10 people dead since Monday, underscoring the difficulties in finding a solution to the six-year uprising.

“With many people and goods crossing over this bridge every day we are strengthening our bonds,” Prime MInister Abhisit Vejjajive said at the naming ceremony.

“I have no doubt in my mind that this Friendship Bridge will serve its noble purpose,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak added.

The two leaders arrived at the bridge near the Thai town of Bukit Ta in military helicopters. Thai army choppers circled the area and authorities cut mobile phone signals to guard against possible remote-controlled bombs.

(Bangkok Post)

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