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Security beef-up in three southern coastal provinces

Security officials in three coastal provinces along the Andaman Sea wellknown as tourist attractions have been put on alert for potential violent incidents by southern militants or their supporters similar to the bombing and arson attacks in southern provinces in August last year.

In Krabi province, local reporters said that tourist police on Saturday checked all the 40 surveillance cameras installed in commercial areas and spots popular among tourists to make sure they are in working condition.

They said that Pol Maj-Gen Worawit Panprung, commander of Krabi provincial police, ordered the security beef-up after having an intelligence report that southern militants might launch another wave of attacks against tourist attractions in Krabi and two other coastal provinces similar to an arson attack in Ao Nang of Krabi in August last year.

In neighbouring Phang-nga province, police launched a crime crackdown during June 1-9 and managed to seize 17 illegal firearms, including an M16 assault rifle, 260 rounds of ammunition, 15,000 methamphitamine pills.

Similar security beef-up was also reported in Trang province where a bomb explosion took place in August last year.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)