The Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK), an insurgent group active in the southern region of Thailand, has recently deployed new members in operations, causing concern amongst the locals and officials in the region.

Daily shootings appear to be the norm in Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces according to Southern Border Provinces Police Operation Centre’s deputy commissioner Pol Maj-General Tanongsak Wangsupha. Pol Maj-General Tanongsak Wangsupha said that his agency would work alongside the relevant authorities to increase security in the region.

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Checkpoints would be manned on main and secondary routes he added. A further request was made as he encouraged residents to be vigilant and alert authorities of any suspicious goings on. RKK have been involved in arson, bombings and murder in the past ten years or so.

Thai police arrested 17 suspects, who claimed they were members or the RKK group, following the murder of a Buddhist monk in 2005.

Further reports suggested that the insurgents were trained at Muslim schools in Indonesia.

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