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Insurgents behind Hat Yai and Yala bombings believed to be connected

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YALA, 10 April 2012 (NNT) – Deputy National Police Chief Police General Worapong Chewpreecha has disclosed that there is a connection between the recent car bombs in Songkhla and Yala provinces.

Police General Worapong said the car explosions in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district and Yala occurred almost at the same time on March 31. Many innocent people were killed and injured as a result of the insurgency. Explosives reportedly had been hidden in the vehicles before one was parked in Yala Municipality, whereas the other was brought to the underground parking lot of Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel Hat Yai.

The Deputy National Police Chief has today traveled to the Southern Border Provinces Police Operation Center in Yala to present local authorities with a policy on safety, which is to be implemented during the Songkran Festival in the 3 southernmost provinces.

Police General Worapong added that, following the arrests of many suspects, the police discovered that the vehicle used in the attack in Hat Yai, identified as a black Honda Civic, had also been used to carry out a similar mission in Raman district of Yala before.

He further explained that the evidence suggests that the explosion could have been executed by the same group of people. He admitted, however, that the arrested suspects have not revealed much information to the interrogators.

Under the security measures, the Deputy National Police Chief has urged public members within safety zones and Songkran celebration sites in Songkhla and Yala to comply with the new regulation forbidding all vehicles from passing through the areas. The residents are also encouraged to help the police watch out for any suspicious vehicles.

Read more: NNT


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