Bangkok: Thailand’s Cabinet has authorised a curfew in areas of the country’s far south where Muslim separatist insurgents are active, just days after they staged a devastating attack.
The authorisation, signed by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and published on Friday, came in the wake of coordinated attacks on Wednesday that killed 15 security personnel, mostly lightly armed village defence volunteers.
The attacks in Yala province appeared to have inflicted the highest death toll on the government side since the insurgency flared in 2004. Some 7000 civilians, soldiers, government workers and rebels have died in the 15-year violence.
The curfew authorisation under the Internal Security Act grants the Internal Security Operations Command, the military’s political coordination body, the right to impose a curfew in nine districts from December 1, 2019, until November 30, 2020. Other measures allowed under Article 18 of the act include restricting people from entering or leaving premises; closing roads and restricting the use of vehicles; and restricting the use of electronic and other devices or equipment that could harm people or public property.