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Thai soldiers given strict safety orders following more fatal attacks in South

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Army personnel working in the southern province of Narathiwat have been told not to enter locations until they’ve been confirmed as safe, following a fatal attack on Friday. Two members of a bomb disposal squad were killed when the convoy they were travelling in was attacked by a southern insurgent IED.

The device exploded as the convoy drove over it on Baan Irkasae Road in the district of Si Sakhon at around 3pm.

According to a Nation Thailand report, Chalermporn Khamkeaw, commander of the Narathiwat task force, has confirmed that the order was issued by the deputy commander of Army Region 4 and is designed to keep soldiers and volunteers safe. He says insurgency attacks weaken soldiers’ morale.

“Officials have been instructed to ensure that the scene they enter is 100% safe.”

After Friday’s attack, a second attack was carried out at around 8pm the following day, with suspected insurgents throwing a pipe bomb at Army personnel near a base in the district of Rueso. Nobody was injured in the incident.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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