NSC differs on CCTV torching

The torching of security cameras in Yala province on Sunday night was a normal tactic of insurgents, who have begun targeting equipment installed by the government because it has becoe harder for them to attack individuals, National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanathabutr said on Wednesday.

Lt Gen Paradorn said arson could be taken as a sign of preparation for major attacks in the future, so the Yala governor had invited security officers to a meeting to lay down preventive measures.

Security patrols would be stepped up, he said.

The attacks were carried out quickly, the arsonists moving from spot to spot, and involved an old group of radicals who did not operate in large numbers.

Government forces in the area were not quick enough to stop them, he said.

On Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung's suggestion that the attacks were the work of losers in the bidding for the contract installing security cameras, the NSC chief said this was also possible because there were several movements posing security threats.

Lt Gen Paradorn said funding would be provided to acquire new CCTV cameras to replace the destroyed and damaged ones and they would be intalled at different sites.

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