Yala's governor has ordered a probe into arson attacks which destroyed almost 80 closed-circuit television cameras in seven districts on Monday morning.
Governor Detcharaj Simsiri said a provincial-level panel would help gather information for a police probe.
The arson attacks took place in Bannang Sata, Raman, Krong Pinang, Muang, Yaha, Kabang and Than to districts between 4am-5am on Monday.
Mr Detcharaj said police, soldiers and the chief of the province's Internal Security Operations Command agreed the areas where the cameras were destroyed were vulnerable to sabotage.
The perpetrators appeared to have no fear of being captured by the cameras.
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, who heads a government centre attempting to solve the deep South problems, said on Tuesday the burning of the CCTV cameras in Yala probably stemmed from a business conflict rather than the insurgency.
However, Yala police chief Peera Boonleang said on Monday the torching could be the precursor to more southern security flare-ups, as insurgents attempted to stop authorities tracking their movements. "Some [torching] suspects were caught on the footage and this information will be sent to investigators," Mr Detcharaj said.
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