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Bombed banks in Thai South to reopen
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-09-04 12:54
Twenty-one commercial bank branches that were closed for repairs after being damaged by bomb blasts in Thailand's troubled southern province last Thursday will reopen Monday.

Prayuth Promsiripoka, manager of Kasikornbank Bank's branch in Yala -- one of the 22 bank branches that were bombed -- said that repairs of damage was 90 percent complete Sunday and he was confident that his bank could reopen Monday.

Prayuth told the official Thai News Agency as saying that security at Kasikornbank branches would be tightened by security guards while more closed circuit cameras would be installed.

Yala branch manager of the Islamic Bank of Thailand Thatri Buntoon-ampa said his bank, including its IT system, was severely damaged by the blast and needed more time for repairs. He believedthe bank could reopen and resume operations on Wednesday.

Yala Governor Boonyasit Suwannarat said he had assigned more police officers to guard every bank in Yala. At the same time, he called on security guards to be more stringent in applying their procedures.

The governor said he urged the banks to install more closed circuit television cameras.

In a related development, another suspected bomber thought to have deposited a bomb at a branch of the Government Savings Bank has been detained, bringing the total number of suspects arrested to six.

All six are now detained for further questioning at the National Police Bureau Forward office in Yala.

On Thursday, a total of 22 bombs rocked Yala's commercial banks, killing at least two person and injuring another 24.

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