Thailand has entered a security state of red alert, said the country’s security authorities, following recent chronic bomb attacks targeting civilian facilities in the insurgent south.
Under the highest level of security alert, all security agencies involving with army, airforce, navy and police have been mobilized to keep close watch on major infrastructure around the country to prevent further violence.
“All security agencies are ordered to full alert to cope with any possible situation,” Bangkok Post on Wednesday quoted Air Combat commander ACM Chalit Pukpasuk as saying. The airforce official on Tuesday attended an urgent meeting called by the National Security Council.
Having declared the country under red alert, the National Security Council meeting also ordered police stations nationwide to be put on full alert.
It’s agreed that landmines and barriers can be set up around some of the more remote police stations in the southernmost provinces to prevent insurgent attacks and car bombs.
Air force personnel, including plainclothes officers and armed commandos, will be deployed at airports to reinforce existing security staff.
Three bombs went off in a roll at the airport, a Carrefour supermarket and a local hotel in the southern city of Hat Yai on Sunday night.
The bombs, killing 2 and injuring almost 70, were believed to “take the nation from a state of regional unrest in the deep South to a real threat of terrorist action against general civilian targets,” according to Bangkok Post.
For three days, local media have kept running stories of intensified airport security check and the attacks’ possible negative impact on tourism and general economy.
Thailand’s southernmost provinces have fallen into unceased violence since the beginning of last year. More than 600 people have been killed in the ongoing violence, which the government said was created by revived local separatists.
However, it’s the first time that the attacks have been orchestrated against major civil facilities.