Small bomb explodes near Thai palace, wounds one

Reuters AlertNet

05 May 2007 17:18:17

Source: Reuters

BANGKOK, May 5
(Reuters) – A small bomb exploded near a royal palace in the Thai
capital Bangkok on Saturday, lightly wounding one person as the country
celebrated the anniversary of the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The bomb shattered a telephone booth outside the Chitrlada Palace, the
Bangkok residence of Thailand’s revered king who has been on the throne
for 60 years, the world’s longest reigning monarch. It was not known if King Bhumibol, who turns 80 this year, was in the palace.
“It was intended to make a loud noise and cause chaos. It was not aimed
to destroy life,” Police Lieutenant General Adisorn Nonsi told TiTV
television. A young man in his 20s was slightly wounded and being questioned by police, TiTV said.
Thai authorities have not found the culprits behind a series of New
Year’s Eve bombs in Bangkok that killed three people and wounded 38.
In the immediate aftermath of those blasts, the military suggested that
former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a coup last
September, or his loyalists were behind the bombs. Thaksin denied any
links to the blasts. Investigators later suggested Muslim
militants waging a three-year separatist insurgency in the deep south
may have had a role in the Bangkok attacks.

Army, police step up security after Bangkok bomb

Sun May 6, 2007 5:00AM EDT

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s police and army will tighten security
in Bangkok with extra checkpoints around the sprawling metropolis after
a small bomb exploded near a royal palace, police said on Sunday.

Police, city officials and the army, which ousted Prime Minister
Thaksin Shinawatra in a military coup in September, would mount joint
operations in 84 “risky areas” of the capital, Police Lieutenant
General Adisorn Nonsi told reporters.

They would also install CCTV cameras at 1,700 points, he said.

“The authorities will hold the fort through this month and we will
review it again thereafter,” Adisorn said after the Saturday night
blast which slightly wounded a man in his 20s.

The bomb, which went off on coronation day, shattered glass in a
telephone booth outside the Chitrlada Palace, the Bangkok residence of
revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Police said it was only intended to
make a loud noise and cause panic.

It was not known if Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch who turns 80 this year, was in the palace.

Police have made little headway in finding the culprits of a series
of bombs on New Year’s Eve in Bangkok that killed three people and
wounded 38.

In the immediate aftermath of those blasts, the army inferred that Thaksin or his loyalists were to blame. He denied any links.

Investigators later suggested Muslim militants waging a three-year
separatist insurgency in the Muslim-majority southern provinces may
have had a hand in the bombs.

 
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Thailand says politics may be behind Bangkok blast

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Political trouble-makers and not Muslim rebels
are likely to have been behind a small bomb that exploded near the
royal palace in Bangkok, Deputy Foreign Minister Sawanit Kongsiri said
on Monday.

Speaking on a visit to Malaysia, Sawanit said Saturday’s blast,
which wounded one person slightly, appeared to have been designed to
create tensions ahead of elections due in December.

“We doubt it,” he told reporters when asked if he suspected rebels from the Muslim-majority far south had been behind the blast.

“We have had it before, in isolated bombing incidents placed in
areas that will cause a little bit of panic but no deaths — to raise
the political tensions.”

Thai security forces tightened security in the capital after
the blast, which followed a series of New Year’s Eve bombs in Bangkok
that killed three people and wounded 38.

Until the Bangkok bombings, unrest appeared to have been
restricted to the country’s far south where Muslim separatists have
waged a three-year insurgency in which more than 2,100 people have been
killed.

On Monday, unknown gunmen shot dead two Thai buddhists, a man and
his 20-year-old daughter, in an ambush in the region, police said. Such
attacks happen almost daily.

Sawanit, whose government was appointed by the military after
it seized power in a coup last September, drew a distinction between
the violence in the south and the smaller-scale attacks in the capital.

There was talk the culprits in the latest Bangkok bombing could
be supporters of two Thai political parties, the Thai Rak Thai (Thais
Love Thais) party of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
and the Democrat party, he said.

There was similar talk after the New Year’s Eve bombs, for
which no arrests have been made, but police later said the bombs were
of the same kind used in the far south.

Both Thai Rak Thai and the Democrat party face allegations of
electoral fraud. A court is expected to hand down its decision on the
case by the end of this month, Sawanit said.

“If they are proven guilty, they will have to dissolve their political parties,” he said.

“So there is a belief in some circles that people are creating
these tensions in order to try and upset the court decision,” he said.

The motive might be get the cases “postponed and that will help them,”, he added.

However, the government was determined to go ahead with the
elections promised for September and was quietly stepping up security
in Bangkok.

“We recognise that there is instability at the moment. We are
in the run-up to elections and this very important court case being
decided,” he said.

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Army, police step up security after Bangkok bomb
Boston Globe, MA – May 6, 2007
BANGKOK
(Reuters) – Thailand’s police and army will tighten security in Bangkok
with extra checkpoints around the sprawling metropolis after a small
bomb

Small bomb explodes near Thai palace
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – May 5, 2007
A
small bomb exploded near a royal palace in the Thai capital Bangkok on
Saturday, lightly wounding one person as the country celebrated the
anniversary of
Bomb blast rocks Bangkok
Ireland Online, Ireland – May 5, 2007
A
bomb exploded in the centre of Bangkok today, wounding one person, Thai
police said. The bomb was planted in a side street of the bustling Thai
capital,
Police beef up security after Bangkok blast
China Post, Taiwan – May 6, 2007
Bangkok
authorities said Sunday they will deploy more police on the streets of
the Thai capital, set up checkpoints and install more security cameras
Security tightened in Bangkok after small bombing
VietNamNet Bridge, Vietnam – May 6, 2007
Police
stepped up security in the Thai capital on Sunday after a small bomb
exploded at a public telephone booth late Saturday night, slightly
injuring a
Army, Police Step Up Security after Bangkok Bomb
The Epoch Times Ireland, Ireland – May 6, 2007
Thai
security officials patrol around the palace on horseback in Bangkok
after a small bomb exploded. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images). BANGKOK—Thailand’s
police and
Police find no clue of Bangkok bomber’s identity
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand – May 6, 2007
BANGKOK,
May 5 (TNA) – Police investigating Saturday night’s bombing near His
Majesty the King’s palace here have found no clue to the identity of
the
Bomb blast in Thai capital wounds 1
Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates – May 5, 2007
BANGKOK,
Thailand – Security forces threw a protective cordon around the Thai
king’s residence in Bangkok Sunday following a nearby bomb explosion
which
HIGHER BANGKOK SECURITY AFTER BOMB WOUNDS ONE
Pattaya Daily News, Thailand – May 5, 2007
BANGKOK,
May 6 – Security in the Thai capital is tighter Sunday after a bomb
exploded near His Majesty the King‘s palace late Saturday night,
officials said
Bomb blast in Thai capital wounds 1
The Northwest Florida Daily News, FL – May 5, 2007
BANGKOK,
Thailand (AP) – A bomb exploded opposite a residence of the Thai king
in downtown Bangkok on Saturday, wounding one person, Thai police said.
Bomb blast in Thai capital wounds 1
China Post, Taiwan – May 5, 2007
BANGKOK,
Thailand, AP. A bomb exploded near a telephone booth in downtown
Bangkok on Saturday, wounding one person, Thai police said.
Bangkok tightens security after blast
Taipei Times, Taiwan – May 6, 2007
AP
AND AFP, BANGKOK. Security forces threw a protective cordon around the
Thai king’s residence in Bangkok yesterday and planned to step up
security
Police find no clue of Bangkok bomb
Bangkok Post, Thailand – May 6, 2007
Police
investigating Saturday night’s bombing near His Majesty the King’s
palace here have found no clue to the identity of the bomber, but have
set up 84
Security tightened in Bangkok after small bombing
Xinhua, China – May 5, 2007
BANGKOK,
May 6 (Xinhua) — Police stepped up security in the Thai capital on
Sunday after a small bomb exploded at a public telephone booth late
Saturday
Bomb blast in Thai capital wounds one
Hindustan Times, India – May 5, 2007
A bomb exploded near the Thai king’s residence in Bangkok, wounding one person and sparking a security clampdown, police said.
Small bomb explodes near Thai palace, wounds one
Reuters AlertNet, UK – May 5, 2007
BANGKOK,
May 5 (Reuters) – A small bomb exploded near a royal palace in the Thai
capital Bangkok on Saturday, lightly wounding one person as the country
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Bangkok on alert after bomb blast
Shanghai Daily, China – May 6, 2007
SECURITY
forces threw a protective cordon around the Thai king’s residence in
Bangkok yesterday and will step up security throughout the capital
following a
Security stepped up in city
Nation Multimedia, Thailand – May 6, 2007
Police,
military and city leaders stepped up security in the capital yesterday
following an explosion just 500 metres from an entrance to Chitralada
Palace
Police, military, BMA to tighten security in capital following
Nation Multimedia, Thailand – May 6, 2007
Police,
the army and city administration agreed Sunday to step up security in
the capital following the latest explosion Saturday night.
Bomb blast in Thai capital injures one person
Nation Multimedia, Thailand – May 5, 2007
A
small bomb exploded in the Thai capital Bangkok late Saturday near the
former headquarters of deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s political
party,
Small bomb explodes near Thai palace
Radio Australia, Australia – May 5, 2007
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Bomb explodes opposite Thai palace
Channel 4 News, UK – May 5, 2007
A
bomb exploded opposite a residence of the Thai king in Bangkok,
wounding one person, said Thai police. The bomb was hidden in a paper
bag and placed

Small Explosion In Bangkok Injures One Man
Bernama, Malaysia – May 5, 2007
By
D. Arul Rajoo. BANGKOK, May 5 (Bernama) — A man was injured when an
explosion believed to be from a bomb ripped off a telephone booth in
the Thai

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