Thailand ready to impose curfew in areas of troubled south

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Cabinet has authorized the imposition of a curfew in areas of the country's far south where Muslim separatist insurgents are active.

The action, signed by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and published Friday, comes in the wake of coordinated attacks late Tuesday that killed 15 security personnel, mostly lightly armed village defense volunteers.

The attacks in Yala province appeared to have inflicted the highest death toll on the government side since the insurgency flared in 2004. Some 7,000 civilians, soldiers, government workers and rebels have died in the violence.

The curfew authorization under the Internal Security Act grants the Internal Security Operations Command, the military's political coordination body, the right to impose a curfew in nine districts from Dec. 1, 2019, until Nov. 30, 2020.