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Tighter Security Ordered Following Songkhla Bombing

SONGKHLA, Oct. 2 -- An army soldier died and six more were injured in a bombing incident in Songkhla's Thepa District.
SONGKHLA, Oct. 2 -- An army soldier died and six more were injured in a bombing incident in Songkhla's Thepa District.

Deputy Defense Minister Chaichan Changmongkol ordered tighter security in the Far South after a fatal road bombing that killed one soldier and injured six others in Songkhla Province Thursday.

Chaichan said that all parties were ordered to intensify security measures and intelligence and the order also reached the 4th Army Region commander.

The order did not increase the workload of security authorities who were trying to block illegal migrants in the Far South to control the coronavirus. Both Covid-19 control and security missions were unaffected, the deputy defense minister said.

On Oct. 1, the fatal bombing hit a vehicle carrying infantry soldiers on Highway 43 in Ban Klong Pradu village of Thepha District, Songkhla.

The improvised explosive device used steel rods as shrapnel. It was hung on the median strip and detonated by radio.

Col. Wacharakorn Onngern, spokesman for the Southern Command of the Internal Security Operations Command, said soldiers from the 1st Infantry Battalion in Krabi Province were traveling to Narathiwat.

Police and soldiers were main targets of insurgent attacks in the Deep South and such attacks usually happened during the reshuffles of security forces in the region, he said.