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Thai gov't agencies warned to tighten security in South
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-09-06 17:08
Thai government agencies in southern border provinces have been warned to step up security ahead of September 16 which is the anniversary of the so-called "Pattani State" establishment by separatists, a well-informed security source said Wednesday.

The source told Thai multimedia group the Nation that intelligence agencies had learnt that separatists groups under the Bersatu umbrella group, or United Front for the Independence of Pattani, planned to launch attacks from September 16 to 20 to mark the anniversary of the so-called state of Pattani.

The source said intelligence agencies had learnt that the leaders of separatist groups had held a meeting in Malaysia to plan the attacks, aiming Thai southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

Late last month, a total of 23 bombs rocked Yala, killed two people and injured another dozens. Yala is among the three southern border provinces plagued with violence related to an ongoing insurgency which has claimed more than 1,300 lives since it resumed in early 2004.

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