The government represented by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung and agencies responsible for security will sit down on Friday to decide whether to impose a curfew in strife-hit areas of the South.
The meeting in Bangkok is being held after marines killed 16 attackers trying to raid their base in Bacho district in Narathiwat on Wednesday. At least 30 assailants fled the scene and are being hunt by soldiers, police and rangers.
The incident fuelled speculation about the need to declare a curfew in some areas in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala. Mr Chalerm and Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha have declared support for the plan amid protests from local leaders, academics and the opposition Democrat Party. They have warned of a setback and trouble for local residents if a curfew is announced.
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