Sunday, December 31, 2006

The capital of Thailand hit by six bombs

And an "intelligence source" claims that it's not related to the Islamic terrorists in the south. Yeah, I'm buying that.

At least 20 people have been injured in Bangkok night after six bombs exploded in the Thai capital, police said, as revellers were preparing to bring in the New Year.

The six explosions happened within 90 minutes of each other across Thailand's capital, and began at 5:20 pm (1020 GMT) on downtown Bangkok's Sukhumvit Road.

"There were six bombs in Bangkok this evening," Ajiravid Subarnbhesaj, national police spokesman, said at a press conference Sunday.

He said that no one had been killed in the New Year's Eve attacks, but Surachet Sathitniramai, the director for the government's medical information centre, said one person had died.


t was not immediately clear if the bombs had anything to do with a military coup on September 19 that ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, or with an ongoing violent separatist insurgency in the kingdom's south.

Thailand's military-installed premier Surayud Chulanont had warned earlier this week of possible large-scale attacks by Islamic militants during the New Year holidays.

However, that warning was for the nation's restive Muslim-majority south, where an ongoing insurgency has killed 1,700 people since January 2004, but has rarely affected people outside the three provinces bordering Malaysia.

An intelligence source told AFP that the attacks were likely politically motivated.

"The bombs are not involved with southern unrest or even the hanging of Saddam. It is a political issue -- it is undercurrents and they plan to bomb 22 positions in the next few days," the source said, but did not elaborate.

Updated: Two more bombs went off. I may have to rethink my assessment after reading this post at Counterterrorism Blog


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