Curfew in south after attack
Thailand’s cabinet has authorised the imposition of a curfew in areas of the far south where Muslim separatist insurgents are active, days after they staged a devastating attack.
The authorisation, signed by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, came after co-ordinated attacks late on Tuesday 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.
The authorisation under the Internal Security Act grants the Internal Security Operations Command, the military’s political co-ordination body, the right to impose a curfew in nine districts from December 1 until November 30 next year.