Thai­land steps up se­cu­rity

> Po­lice warn of plot to bomb land­marks, air­ports

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BANGKOK: Po­lice in Thai­land yes­ter­day said they have in­creased se­cu­rity at ma­jor land­marks in Bangkok, at air­ports and in sur­round­ing prov­inces fol­low­ing re­ports of bomb plots just weeks af­ter deadly at­tacks rocked the coun­try’s south.

An armed group was plot­ting car bomb at­tacks in a prov­ince near Bangkok, Thai­land’s na­tional se­cu­rity head said.

“The deputy prime min­is­ter in­structed se­cu­rity agen­cies to closely track and mon­i­tor any­thing un­usual in­clud­ing things used to pre­pare bombs and cars,” Thawip Net­niyom, chief of Thai­land’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, told re­porters.

“Why tar­get Bangkok? They prob­a­bly want to make an im­pact,” he said, with­out giv­ing de­tails on which groups could be be­hind the plot.

Pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion Thai­land has seen a se­ries of bomb at­tacks in the coun­try’s south over the past few weeks, in­clud­ing a wave of bombs in tourist towns on Aug 11 and 12 that killed four Thai peo­ple and in­jured dozens, in­clud­ing for­eign­ers.

Po­lice have linked the at­tacks to sep­a­ratists op­er­at­ing in Thai­land’s far south.

Thawip said he was not sure whether the planned car bombs and the Au­gust at­tacks were re­lated.

Bri­tain’s For­eign Of­fice ad­vised trav­ellers to ex­er­cise cau­tion fol­low­ing the Au­gust bomb­ings.

“You should ex­er­cise cau­tion, par­tic­u­larly in public places. Fur­ther in­ci­dents are pos­si­ble in these and other areas of Thai­land,” the For­eign Of­fice said.

In Au­gust last year, a bomb ripped through a re­li­gious shrine in Bangkok killing 20 peo­ple. But the at­tack failed to dent tourist ar­rivals to any dis­cern­able de­gree.

Two eth­nic Uighur Mus­lims from China are on trial in Thai­land ac­cused of car­ry­ing out the at­tack.

An­a­lysts sus­pected the at­tack was linked to Uighur sym­pa­this­ers an­gered by Thai­land’s de­por­ta­tion of more than 100 Uighurs to China the pre­vi­ous month.

Bangkok is cur­rently play­ing host to a re­gional meet­ing at­tended by some world and busi­ness lead­ers. Po­lice said they were on high alert. “I have or­dered all po­lice un­der my su­per­vi­sion in the area around Bangkok to mon­i­tor news, in­ves­ti­gate and gather in­tel­li­gence on groups which could come in and cause trou­ble,” said Lt-Gen Charn­thep Se­sawet, act­ing chief of Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Re­gion 1, which over­sees areas around the cap­i­tal. – Reuters

REUTERPIX

Thais pray in front of a pic­ture of their king at Siri­raj Hospi­tal in Bangkok yes­ter­day.

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