BANGKOK, 4 April 2012 -Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs General Yuthasak Sasiprapa said he believes the unrest will not expand beyond the 4 provinces in the South while assuring that security units are taking a proactive approach towards solving the issue at hand.
General Yuthasak said the insurgents had targeted Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel in Hat Yai because it is in the tourist district of the South. The explosion would eventually draw attention from both local and international media.
He has instructed police officers to focus their investigation into the point why the hotel failed to detect the bombs even though a safety drill was held a month before.
The Deputy Prime Minister said in addition that preliminary reports showed the hotel had recently changed security teams, and that information on the prime suspects has been discovered. According to him, the criminals are still in the country and arrest warrants have already been issued for some of them.
He speculated that the bombs used in the incidents were assembled in Thailand although their components might have been brought in from overseas. He also said the explosion was not intended as suicide bombing.
Security levels in the four southern provinces have now been beefed up following the recent explosion in Hat Yai. Every vehicle will be inspected and frisked for any suspicious items. General Yuthasak denied the report which stated that Thai officials will hold talks with the BRN insurgent group.
For the solution guideline, he said, intelligence operation will be boosted in the first stage of a greater offensive suppression campaign.
(NNT : NUPPOL SUVANSOMBUT)