Explosions, arson attacks and shootings kill at least four people and wound scores.
‘Hearts and minds’
Surayud Chulanont, the prime minister, insisted that no more troops were needed in the region, saying instead that he would pursue his “hearts and minds” campaign to win over the population.
Selina Downes, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Bangkok, said: “Up until now the attacks in the south have been very ad hoc, we haven’t seen any sort of co-ordinated rebellion and this has made it very difficult for the Thai authorities to know who is behind the attacks and how to do deal with it.”
Extra security forces
Colonel Wichai Thongdaeng, a military spokesman, said extra security forces had been deployed across the region amid warnings that more attacks are possible.
“They want to frighten Buddhists and ethnic Chinese living there so that they will leave the region,” Colonel Acar Tiproch, an army spokesman, said.