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Thai Army adheres to law enforcement to resolve violence in Deep South: Army chief

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Thai soldiers confront with protesting Thai-Muslim villagers, top, during a protest outside Ingkhayuth military base in Pattani province, southern Thailand

Thai soldiers confront with protesting Thai-Muslim villagers, top, during a protest outside Ingkhayuth military base in Pattani province, southern Thailand Tuesday, May 8, 2007. Hundreds of villagers took part in the protest demanding Thai soldiers to release 24 suspected Muslim militants who are being kept at this base. Since a Muslim rebellion flared in Thailand's three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat in early 2004, near-daily bombings, drive-by shootings and other attacks have killed more than 2,000 people. (AP Photo/Sumeth Parnpetch)


BANGKOK, Aug 24 – Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday conceded that the security and protection measures for local residents in the three insurgency-plagued southern border provinces are still not fully effective but pledged that the army has addressed the violence by strictly adhering to the rule of law.

The army chief said regarding the unrest in the three southern border provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani that violence continues for several reasons including vested interests, violations of the law, local politics and actions by separatist groups.

More than 4,300 people have been killed since violence erupted in the Thai-Malaysian border provinces in 2004.

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