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Thailand security officials far too laid back: Experts

Published on Aug 3, 2012 12:06 PM

(THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - There have been no intelligence breakthroughs for officials trying to identify those responsible for a recent spate of car bombings, as the perpetrators are believed to be new recruits from several insurgent strongholds in the deep south, intelligence sources said on Thursday.

The sources attributed the ease with which insurgents have been able to move explosives between locations to the "passive" approach taken by security officials, who continue to rely on checkpoints at the same old sites.

A more proactive approach is needed, through pre-emptive operations and raids in areas where insurgents are active, the source said, adding that the intelligence services need to improve their performance.

The Royal Thai Air Force on Thursday provided details of air support to be given to ground troops operating in the deep south, saying initial operations would include aerial photography and patrols by United States-made AU23 aircraft, spokesman Air Vice Marshall Monthol Satchukorn said.

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