NARATHIWAT, Thailand – Fourth Army Commander Lt. Gen. Walit Rojanaphakdi held a meeting Monday (May 12th) with officials to heighten security in Sungai Kolok after a wave of attacks resulted in one death and damage to businesses, local media reported.
Yala reported 11 attacks Sunday, while Narathiwat reported 24, including eight in Sungai Kolok. One person was killed and at least ten were injured. Thai PBS reported 12 people were injured.
The final two bombings in Sungai Kolok came Monday morning, one of which caused a huge fire, destroying Centre Supermarket. Owner Pipat Preechawuthidech said the structure and all its goods were destroyed, resulting in Bt. 50m ($1.5m) in losses, according to The Bangkok Post.
Army spokesman Pramote Prom-in said insurgents had carried out the attacks in the Deep South to destroy investment and tourism confidence, the Post reported. Border town Sungai Kolok is a major destination for Malaysian tourists.