Police authorities in the Songkhla province have issued a warning on Monday, October 14, over an increased terrorist threat, notably targeting public areas such as train and bus stations in the four southern provinces of Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat.
Heightened security measures such as vehicle checks have been implemented in Songkhla. Measures are likely to be extended to the other concerned provinces in the coming days.
An ethnic and religious separatist insurgency is ongoing in the provinces of Songkhla, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Yala, which make up the historical Malay Patani region in the extreme south of the country along the Thai-Malaysian border. Since 2001, over 7000 people have been killed (e.g. local residents, civil servants, security personnel, militants) and many more wounded in near-daily clashes and assassinations.
A similar alert has been issued in July 2019 for possible attacks in Songkhla's Saba Yoi district.
Individuals in the Songkhla, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Yala provinces are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant and criminal activity, expect heightened security measures, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
As a reminder, some Western governments advise against nonessential travel to Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and the south of Songkhla. Individuals in these areas should remain cautious and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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