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Chiang Rai Border Security Measures Stepped up after Bombings in South

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Police search bus at a checkpoint on the way to Mae Sai, Chiang Rai

Police search bus at a checkpoint on the way to Mae Sai, Chiang Rai




CHIANG RAI – Immigration and Customs officials as well as military personnel have tightened security measures to screen for any suspicious items or persons who might possibly enter the country with intent to cause violence at Chiang Rai border crossings.

Many people passed Mae Sai cross-border checkpoint amidst tightened security measures during the holiday.

Tourist areas in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province were crowded with many visitors and vehicles crossing the border into Myanmar during the Mother’s Day weekend, creating congestion at the Immigration checkpoint.
Those included Thai shoppers looking for low-priced items on the Myanmar side of the border.

Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai has remained intact from bombing incidents in southern Thailand as the peaceful border town usually accommodated Thai and foreign visitors during holidays.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has thanked members of the public for helping the authorities with surveillance and security affairs following Friday’s bombings and blazes in the southern region of the country.

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the premier has followed the situation closely and thanked the authorities for their tightened security measures.
By Tanakorn Sangiam

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