Bangkok travel alert low­ered as sit­u­a­tion sta­bi­lizes

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan low­ered its travel alert for Bangkok from “or­ange” to “yel­low” Thurs­day, af­ter the hunt for the main sus­pect in a deadly bomb­ing in the Thai cap­i­tal in Au­gust ended and the sit­u­a­tion was said to have sta­bi­lized.

Thai­land po­lice said Sept. 28 that Bi­lal Muham­mad, known as Adem Karadag, had con­fessed af­ter he was ar­rested as the main sus­pect in the Aug. 17 blast at Bangkok’s pop­u­lar Erawan Shrine, for­eign media re­ported.

The bomb­ing killed 20 peo­ple and in­jured more than 100 in the Thai cap­i­tal, prompt­ing Tai­wan to is­sue its sec­ond-high­est travel alert for the city.

On Thurs­day, how­ever, Tai­wan’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said it was low­er­ing the travel alert, as the sit­u­a­tion in most parts of Bangkok had sta­bi­lized and the Thai gov­ern­ment had stepped up se­cu­rity at pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions.

Nonethe­less, the min­istry said, Tai­wanese visi­tors to Thai­land are urged to pay at­ten­tion to their per­sonal safety and keep a close eye on their be­long­ings.

Un­der the For­eign Min­istry’s four-color coded travel alert sys­tem, red is the high­est level fol­lowed by or­ange, yel­low and gray.

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