The government is talking up its record in tackling the southern violence, as the ninth anniversary passed yesterday of a deadly raid on a military barracks which set off the latest wave of attacks.
Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat yesterday insisted the government was on the right track in its fight to contain the southern violence.
"I'm sure we will see the light at the end of the tunnel. In a short time from now, the southern situation will improve significantly," he said, marking the ninth anniversary of the arms robbery in Cho Airong district, Narathiwat, on Jan 4, 2004. The weapons robbery in which 413 guns were stolen and four soldiers killed took place at the 4th Development Battalion and marked the start of a new phase of southern violence. Nine years later, 94 of the stolen guns have been retrieved from a series of arrests of suspected insurgents who were found to have used the weapons in subsequent attacks.