Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha expressed sorrow for parents of students and teachers of a school in Narathiwat’s Ruesoe district who were killed and injured in an attack of their school bus by southern militants on Thursday.
Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said that prime minister also ordered Narathiwat provincial administration and agencies concerned to help the injured victims and to fully compensate families of the dead victims.
Four people, including the pickup truck driver, were killed and one seriously injured in the unprovoked attack.
Lt-Gen Sansern said the prime minister also ordered security forces to hunt down the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
He urged the public to openly condemn the militants and to report to the authorities if they have any information about them.
Earlier in Pattani, another militant group hacked to death a couple in a rubber plantation and stole their pickup truck which was turned into a car bomb and eventually parked near a border patrol police base apparently with an intention to blow it up to hurt the policemen.
Fortunately, the car bomb was found and defused in time.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)