Emergency law to be lifted, 4 bombings in South
The government is likely to lift the emergency decree in the deep South in areas where the violence has significantly reduced, National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabut said on Thursday.
- Published: 9/05/2013 at 06:08 PM
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Lt-Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut (EPA Photo)
The government-appointed centre for implementation of policies and strategies to solve problems in the southern border provinces would meet at 2pm on Friday to discuss lifting the law imposed over most of the restive region.
Lt Gen Paradorn said the meeting will consider whether it should be lifted from all areas of the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, or only in particular districts.
The meeting will also discuss the five demands for peace talks made by the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) separatist group, he said.
Lt Gen Paradorn was speaking after an urgent meeting of security units called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after a number of bombs exploded in Pattani and Yala this morning.
In Pattani, three bombs went off on Thursday morning, but nobody was hurt.
Two bombs exploded in Muang district just before dawn on Thursday, one outside the Diana Department Store and the other at a Toyota showroom.
Police in Muang district said they received a call at 4.40am that a bomb had exploded in front of the department store. An Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team was sent, and found the bomb had gone off in a trash bin at the entrance of the department store.
While surveying the scene, the team found a gas cylinder, possibly a second explosive, at the stairs of a Toyota showroom about 200 metres from the department store. The team backed away and tried to remove the bomb with a hook, but it blew up during the retrieval process.
A bomb exploded in front of a Toyota showroom in Pattani on Thursday. (Photo by Abdulloh Benjakat)
The bomb damaged the front area of the showroom and a car used by the EOD team.
The third bombing took place behind a kindergarten on Thursday morning in Yaring district.
Police said the incident occurred at about 7.30am when the home-made bomb, planted at the foot of a tree on a road behind the kindergarten of tambon Yamu, was detonated as a police patrol vehicle was passing by.
The explosion shattered the windshield of the vehicle and left a hole 30cm in diametre on the road.
The three policemen from Yaring police station who were in the vehicle were not hurt.
In Yala, four police officers and two civilians were injured by a bomb explosion on Ban Niang-Yaha road in tambon Niang of Muang district on Thursday morning.
Police said they believed southern militants were responsible for the blasts. Insurgents have increased bomb attacks and drive-by killings since peace talks began beween the government and the BRN two months ago.
Pol Col Seehanart Prayoonrat, secretary-general of the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo), said on Thursday that Amlo has put three Thai nationals, who were among a group of southern insurgents, on the terrorist blacklist.
Pol Col Seehanart Prayoonrat (Photo by Kitti Woraranchai)
Pol Col Seehanart said Amlo's committee on financial transactions on April 18 asked the Civil Court to put the three Thai nationals on the list.
The Civil Court ordered their names to be listed on May 8, under section 4 of the law on the prevention and suppression of financial support for terrorism, the Amlo secretary-general said.
The three are Amran Ming, Ahama Kaje and Abdulloh Maming. They were among a group of separatist insurgents that attacked the Phra Ong Dam operational base of Infantry Company 15121 in Narathiwat's Rangae district on Jan 19, 2011.
Many soldiers were wounded in the attack.
Pol Col Seehanart said the names of the three terrorists have been sent to various financial institutions.
A financial institution found to allow the three to make financial transactions is now liable to a fine of one million baht and an additional daily fine of 10,000 baht. The company manager of any such institution is also liable to criminal action.
People who give listed terrorists property or financial support are liable to five to ten years imprisonment for supporting terrorism, Pol Col Seehanart added.
The move is aimed at convincing the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that Thailand is cracking down on money laundering and terrorist financing activities.
The FATF is considering removing Thailand from its "grey list".
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