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Current security alert is a normal procedure: Army chief

Security alert currently in place in Bangkok and its peripherals and several southern provinces is a normal procedure of the security forces when they were informed of potential terrorist acts whether the information is true or not, Army Commander-in-Chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart explained on Wednesday.

The army chief, however, said that it was not only Thailand, but the world at large was facing threats from extremists and security agencies, when they received intelligence reports about potential terrorist attacks, would respond by stepping up security as a precaution.

Intelligence report claims southern militants have plotted to launch car bomb attacks in Bangkok and peripherals during October 25-30.

He admitted that the tightening up of security might cause some inconvenience to the public but he hoped that they would understand the need of the escalated security. He asked the public to carry on with their lives as normal and should not be over-panic.

Instead, the army chief suggested the public to act as eyes and ears of the authorities by looking out for suspicious people or suspicious objects and to alert the police.

Regarding security in the three southernmost provinces, General Chalermchai said security forces in the region had adopted both defensive and offensive approaches to contain violence in the region.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)