''Violent attacks have become more frequent since late last month as we have taken harsher action to suppress insurgent groups,'' Lt-Gen Pichet said. ''In some areas, the [insurgent] networks have the edge on us, so a shift in counter-insurgency strategies is necessary.''
According to intelligence reports, public trust in security officials was improving. Some insurgents were deserting the militant movement as they grew tired of life on the run.
Yesterday, Lt-Gen Pichet visited Timoh Sa-a, 75, the mother of Daoh Maseng, the imprisoned leader of the Pattani United Liberation Organisation (Pulo).
Daoh, who is now in the Bangkok Central Prison, was in talks with Lt-Gen Pichet recently.
During the private meeting, Daoh suggested ways to alleviate the southern unrest which have proved useful for the authorities looking to adjust their strategy in the fight against separatists, Lt-Gen Pichet said.
''Daoh didn't ask for anything special in return or any support for his family, but I do want to help because his mother is very old,'' he said.
Daoh was keen to cooperate with authorities but stressed the insurgent suspects must be treated fairly by the authorities, he said. Mrs Timoh was delighted with Lt-Gen Pichet's visit to her home and was grateful that soldiers had come to help her with house maintenance and repairs.
''What I want to know most is when my son will be released'' she said.
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