Southernmost residents told not to panic from recent spate of attacks

People in the Deep South were told not to panic but to cooperate with authorities in helping track down the perpetrators who staged a series of attacks in Songkhla, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, said government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Thursday.

He asked the public to have confidence in the government, saying that authorities were collecting evidences, including CCTV footages, which could help identifying the perpetrators, believed to be southern militants, and their eventual arrests.

He noted that the attacks were not widespread, but appeared to concentrate on certain spots. Nevertheless, he said the military would step up security to ensure safety for the people.

Lt-Gen Sansern dismissed a suggestion that the series of attacks might be linked to the arrival in the Deep South of the government's special delegation tasked to resolve the unrest problem.

The prime minister, said the spokesman, had instructed officials concerned to help the victims who were harmed by the militants in the latest terror attacks.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)