Security in Pattani tightened before start of new semester

Security in Pattani tightened before start of new semester
Resorts must contribute to security of their own premises, says Minister.

THAILAND - Security has been increased in Pattani province to guard against future insurgency attacks on teachers in preparation for the new semester.

News of the beefed up security comes as a teacher was shot dead while driving in Pattani's Panare district on Wednesday.

This is the 174th teacher death in the decade-long insurgency in the far South.

Bunsom Thongsriphrai, chief of a teachers' federation in the far South, yesterday blamed lax security for the death of Phairat Jinsane, 50, saying that female Buddhist teachers remained vulnerable because they were soft targets.

"This has proved that all security operations still have loopholes in the far South - at all times and in every square inch," he added.

He said an evaluation of security measures by senior education officials would be conducted before next Friday when the new school semester begins.

Police said two men on a motorcycle shot Phairat when she stopped briefly, and left a note at the scene saying: "This will not be the last".

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