Yingluck pays tribute to slain Yala officials

April 09, 2013
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YALA, Thailand – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra attended funeral services Sunday (April 7th) for two senior Yala officials killed by insurgents Friday in a roadside bombing, local media reported.

The attack on their car in Bannang Sata district killed Yala Deputy Governor Issara Thongthawat and Assistant Governor Chaovalit Chairuek. It critically wounded their driver, whom Yingluck visited in the hospital, according to the National News Bureau of Thailand.

Before the funerals, she met with the governors of five southern border provinces regarding plans to tighten security for officials and local residents alike, MCOT Online reported. She assured the officials that escalating violence would not affect the peace talks recently started between the government and rebel groups.

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