Thailand tightens security ahead of anniversary

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Last Updated 12/03/2007, 15:01:36

Thailand has tightened security ahead of the anniversary this week of
the founding of a Muslim separatist group in the nation’s southern
provinces.

Thailand
coup leader, Sonthi Boonyaratglin, who led a coup in September to oust
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, says the government is on full alert.

Southern
insurgents have launched waves of bomb attacks on notable dates, but
General Sonthi says he does not expect threats to Bangkok ahead of
Tuesday’s anniversary.

“They are just rumours. Don’t pay attention to them,” he said.

Australia has issued two travel alerts, saying intelligence points to a high threat of extremist bombs attacks.

Separatist
violence in the Muslim-majority southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and
Narathiwat has seen more than 2,000 people killed in three years of
violence.

Bangkok has been on heightened alert since bombs on
New Year’s Eve killed three people in the Thai capital and wounded more
than 30, including six foreigners.

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