Attack in Moscow: PM Srettha assures safety of Thai citizens

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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin takes a stand to reassure Thais amidst the chaos of a shooting spree in Moscow.

PM Srettha, speaking from Wing 6 of Don Mueang Airport, delivered a message of condolence and concern following the shocking massacre at a concert hall in Russia.

The Bangkok-born PM issued the following statement on X, formerly Twitter.

“I am deeply saddened and shocked by the horrific attack in Moscow. My sincere condolences to all the victims and their families. I hope the situation will soon return to normalcy.”

Highlighting the gravity of the situation, the 62 year old Thai prime minister urged vigilance against violence and illegal firearms possession, emphasising the need for strict measures by local authorities.

The attack, which claimed the lives of over 60 people and left more than 145 injured, was carried out by assailants donning military attire at Crocus City Hall in a Moscow suburb.

Amidst fears of terrorism, the Thai Embassy in Moscow issued warnings for Thais to exercise caution, advising them to stay updated with local announcements and adhere strictly to safety measures. Despite the harrowing events, there have been no reports of Thais directly affected by the incident, offering a glimmer of relief amidst the turmoil, reported Bangkok Post.

For those in need of assistance, the embassy stands ready, providing an emergency contact number: +7 916 9392155.

In related news, in Sai Buri, Pattani, over 50 members of the Southern Border Provinces Rangers encircled a rented property, following a tip-off about the presence of wanted criminals.

The operation kicked off on March 14 at 5am, with officers taking position around the dwelling and cordoning off the Pattani-Narathiwat Road, to safeguard locals from potential harm during the imminent confrontation with the suspects. A delegation composed of officers, religious figures, and community leaders tried to negotiate with the suspects, urging them to surrender.

In other news, suspected insurgents ignited fires overnight at various locations in Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat in southern Thailand, according to police reports.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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