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Border residents asking for more bunkers

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BANGKOK, 27 April 2011 (NNT) – Residents along the Thai-Cambodian border have urged authorities to construct more bomb shelters to ensure their safety, according to National Police Chief Police General Wichean Potephosree.

Police General Wichean stated that he had already ordered the Provincial Police Region 3, the Border Patrol Police and the Immigration police to coordinate with the provincial administrations in evacuating residents out of the battle zones to any of the 22 safer temporary shelters along the border.

The Police commissioner-general said that local residents are calling for construction of more bunkers since the existing number is inadequate while the situation in the border areas remains intense.

Police General Wichean said further that border patrol police, the military and provincial administrations have set up a combined force of soldiers, police and civilians to take care of the property of villagers who are forced by the situation to leave houses and take refuge in temporary shelters.

As for security measures for the Cambodian embassy in Thailand, the national police chief disclosed that the embassy is situated in the Internal Security Act (ISA) enforcement zone where security operation is already tight. He added that there is no need to provide reinforcements.

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