High alert for Krue Se anniversary
Military, police and civilian units in Pattani have stepped up security measures ahead of the ninth anniversary of the Krue Se Mosque incident.
- Published: 27/04/2013 at 11:48 AM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Officers on Friday night began setting up more security checkpoints and stepping up searches of areas suspected to be hideouts of militants in the troubled southern province.
Security forces became even more vigilant after a combined government force killed three suspected militants in a clash in Yala province on Friday.
Intelligence reports reaching them said that four vehicles - two cars and two pickup trucks - loaded with bombs were suspected to have been brought into the province for attacks to mark the ninth anniversary of the Krue Se Mosque incident which occurred on April 28, 2004.
On that day, during the term of the Thaksin Shinawatra administration, 32 suspected guerrillas took shelter in the mosque on the Pattani-Narathiwat highway in Pattani's Muang district.
After a seven-hour standoff, military forces attacked and killed all 32.
The attack was made in contradiction of orders from the defence minister to end the confrontation peacefully, and has been the subject of an international inquiry, which concluded the military used excessive force.
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