Songkhla provincial police strengthened security measures in several sensitive districts (Chana, Sabayoi, and Nathawi) beginning on Sunday, September 9, after a bomb exploded in Chana district (damages to property; no victims). A day earlier, two village defense volunteers were killed and two others were injured in a gun attack perpetrated by separatist insurgents in Chanae district's Chang Phuak tambon, located in neighboring Narathiwat province.
An ethnic and religious separatist insurgency is ongoing in the four southern-most provinces of Thailand, which make up the historical Malay Patani region. Since 2001, over 7000 people have been killed (local residents, civil servants, security personnel, militants) and many more injured in near-daily clashes and assassinations.
As a reminder, some Western governments advise against travel to these four provinces - Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and the south of Songkhla - located near Thai-Malaysia border. Individuals in this area should remain cautious and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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