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Three shot dead this morning
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PHUKET: Insurgents launched two shooting attacks in this southern border province this morning, killing three and injuring four people.

Police said two insurgents on a motorcycle shot dead Doloh Yusoh, 44, an assistant village headman in Thapong village in Tambon Talokapo in Pattani’s Yaring district at 3:30am.

He was attacked while parking his pick-up truck in front of his house.

Nearly at the same time, two insurgents arrived on a motorcycle in front of a teashop in Buket Nori village in Tambon Khuannori in Pattani’s Khokpho district.

Police said the pillion rider fired into the teashop with his AK-47 assault rifle, causing some 10 customers to flee for their life.

Police said Saleh Baheng, 60, the shop owner, and Abdulromae Mano, 37, were killed.

This follows the car-bomb blast at the CS Pattani hotel in Yala last night.

Songkhla governor Krissada Boonrat said he has alerted authorities that insurgents may step up attacks across the border into neighbouring Songkhla.

“High-ranking security officials, police and military will work together and all department stores are being asked to check their safety measures, including fire exits, extinguishers and fire alarms, to make sure that they are intact and ready to work around the clock,” he said.

The governor said he did not want the public to panic but that they have to be alert to the situation. Songkhla’s Hat Yai district was the victim of a car bomb attack late March, killing Thais and foreigners.

Six companies of Army paramilitary rangers have also been mobilised to hunt key insurgent Kaman Chaichana, who is thought to be behind last week’s car bomb attack that killed five policemen.

Yingluck puts Chalerm in charge of South
Despite her recent apathy toward the surge in terror attacks in the deep South, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra instructed Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung to handle the problem by closely coordinating with the National Security Council on Monday.

The Cabinet also approved a budget of 391 million baht to cover allowances, supplies and logistical support for military personnel based in the region. It also declared three public holidays for people living in the South, namely Eid ul-Fitr for Thai Muslims, Tet for Chinese Thais, and Christmas for Thai Christians. The first Eid ul-Fitr holiday will fall on August 21, once the fasting period of Ramadan comes to an end.

The Cabinet has also approved in principle an improvement in the compensation payments for people suffering from the violence, future budget allocations for recruiting civil defence volunteers, and citizen patrols for the period of 2012-2015. In addition, funds have been earmarked for the renovation of Songkhla’s main mosque as well as the dredging of parts of the Pattani River. The work will begin next year.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva called on Yingluck to personally take charge of dealing with the increased violence in the South, citing a Pheu Thai policy focused on distancing her from politicised matters – a policy that was mentioned by House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont at a recent party meeting.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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20 people arrested at Pattaya restaurant for allegedly violating alcohol ban

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Police in Pattaya arrested 20 people last night at a local restaurant where alcohol was reportedly being sold. While Chon Buri recently eased disease control restrictions, now allowing restaurants in the province to offer dine-in services again, alcohol sales and consumption at restaurants are still prohibited.

Saewana restaurant was raided at around 11pm last night by officers from Pattaya and the Banglamung district station. Alcohol was served in glasses and the bottles were hidden, police say.

Pattaya News says all 20 people at the restaurant were arrested, including the owner. They face charges for allegedly violating the provincial disease control order. Those who violate the Emergency Decree could face a hefty fine or even imprisonment.

A police officer who spoke to a Pattaya News reporter said that there is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption at restaurants as the policy has been made clear to the public.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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Thailand News Today | Releasing 50,000 prisoners, Covid sniffer dogs, bungled kidnap | May 18

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Following an abortive attempt at a kidnap for ransom at the end of March, 3 people are currently under arrest, National vaccine rollout could finally get underway next week, pecially trained sniffer dogs will soon be deployed on the streets of Bangkok to sniff out cases of Covid-19 infection, Koh Samet reopening to visitors after being closed for 3 weeks and Local fishermen have found space debris, possibly from a satellite or parts of a used launch rocket.

 

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Active Covid-19 clusters reported in 16 Bangkok districts

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Bangkok residents living in any of the 16 districts in the capital with active Covid-19 clusters are being advised to strictly follow disease control measures. Spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin made the warning during today’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration briefing.

In the latest wave of Covid-19 infections, more than 28,000 cases have been reported in Bangkok. Taweeslip says there have been 29 clusters. 8 of those outbreaks have been controlled while the other 21 clusters are still active.

Some of the clusters include…

  • Construction workers’ camps in Khlong Toey, Laksi and Watthana
  • Khlong Toey slum communities
  • Huai Khwang market
  • Prisons in the Chatuchak district

The outbreak at a construction site in Laksi is one of the largest clusters with 885 cases reported yesterday and another 1,107 cases were confirmed today.

Active Covid-19 clusters reported in 16 Bangkok districts | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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