Last updateTue, 22 Nov 2016 12pm

Trains in far South restart after bomb on tracks

TRAIN SERVICES to and from Sungai Kolok district in Narathiwat resumed yesterday after a section of the railway track, damaged in a bomb attack last Friday in Rangae district, was repaired.

Besides patrolling at Tanyongmas Station and two-kilometre-long railway section, security officers also were on board trains yesterday to guard passengers.

Army Rangers 45 Department commander, Colonel Rungroj Ananto, said villagers had cooperated well in the hunt for bombing suspects and in repairing the track.

As a result six male suspects were apprehended - four of who later confessed to carrying out the attack.

In related news, PM's Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana said yesterday the public should give PM General Prayuth Chan-ocha's government time to resolve violence in the deep south. Insurgent attacks in the area have continued, perhaps in response to the transition to a new government.

"I believe we should give the government time so that it can carry out its work as planned and officials on site can also proceed with their work as assigned by the government," said Suwaphan, who is also director of the National Intelligence Agency. The situation should improve, he said, adding that the peace talks have also advanced a step and will move forward. However, the situation would not get better immediately, he said.

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