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Songkhla police steps up security and hunts down stolen vehicles

SONGKHLA, 3 August 2012 (NNT) – Following rumours that a series of car bombs is in the making in Hat Yai district of Songkhla, provincial police are stepping up security and distributing to related agencies photos of stolen vehicles that authorities suspect the insurgents might plan to use in their attacks.

According to Songkhla police chief Pol Maj Gen Suwit Choensiri, pictures of 12 stolen cars and 16 fake license plates which could be used to stage car bomb attacks in the Southern province have been distributed to all check-points and police stations in the area.

Songkhla police have also recruited 600 additional army personnel and volunteers to help patrolling the area. In addition, 45 makeshift checkpoints have been set up around the premises likely to be bombing targets.

Police forces will be paying close attention to commercial areas and transport links such as bus terminals, train stations, airports, hotels and shopping complexes.

Meanwhile, president of Hat Yai hotels association Somchart Pimthanapoonporn said the spate of shooting and bomb attacks in the restive south has not significantly dampened tourism in the province. The association is nonetheless planning to beef up security in hotel areas and car parks. Additional CCTVs will be installed to ensure the guests’ safety.

Read more: NNT


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