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    Posted: 11 Apr 07 at 09:53

Nationwide security alert for Songkran

BANGKOK: -- Authorities have issued a full security alert in the wake of an explosion in front of a Bangkok mall. Australia warned that more bombings were feared at Songkran this weekend.

Bangkok areas of particular concern were the Khao San Road, a celebrated meeting point for foreign tourists and backpackers, and Sanuam Luang, a large park in the centre of the old part of the city which attracts thousands of Songkran revellers.

The government has ordered extra police in Bangkok for Thai New Year celebrations this weekend to try to prevent a repeat of the New Year's Eve serial blasts that killed three people.

Pol Lt-Gen Adisorn Nonsee said more than 3,000 police officers would patrol the capital, up from the current 1,500, during the five-day Songkran festival which kicks off on Thursday afternoon.

Piyabutr Jiwaramonaikun, chairman of the Association of Khao San Traders, said more than 100 soldiers, policemen and civil volunteers would be on duty in the backpackers' festival area while bomb detectors would also be used as part of the security measures.

Mr Piyabutr expected that more than 10 million baht would be circulated during the four-day event on Khao San Road which should see a daily turnout of 40,000-50,000 Thai and foreign celebrants.

He said revellers would be banned from applying talcum powder on others and each day's festival would end at 7 pm. Water gun is one of the favourite equipments to splash water on others during the festival.

Nobody was hurt in Monday night's explosion in front of Major Cineplex Ratchayothin, but three phone booths were damaged. Police detained, but later released a taxi driver suspected of planting the home-made device.

The Australian embassy in Bangkok issued an advisory to its citizens in late February, saying it had received reports of possible bombs in crowded places such as department stores or public transport in the capital.

The advice, renewed today in an announcement, urged "a high degree of caution because of the high threat of terrorist attack".

"Thai authorities have previously warned of the possibility of further co-ordinated bombings in Thailand to coincide with symbolic dates, including in Bangkok and the southern provinces," the travel advice said.

"They have mentioned the Buddhist festive season of Songkran (around the period April 11-17, 2007) as a particular time of concern. We assess these warnings are credible," it said.

"Further terrorist attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in Thailand," it added.

-- Bangkok Post, Agencies 2007-04-10
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From: Bangkok ACS <acsbkk@state.gov>
Date: Wed 11 Apr 07,  11:34 a.m.
 

Attention American Citizens


A small explosive device was detonated at approximately 11:30 PM on April 9th in front of the Major Cineplex near the intersection of Phahon Yothin Rd and Ratchada Phisek Rd in Bangkok.  No one was hurt in the explosion, which caused minor property damage.

Thailand will celebrate the traditional Thai New Year (Songkran) from April 13 to 17, 2007.  While the Embassy has no evidence of any specific threats during the Songkran celebrations, Thai officials have previously warned of the possibility of increased attacks during holidays and other special occasions.  A series of explosions rocked Bangkok on New Year's Eve 2006, and two grenades were fired at the offices of a local newspaper along Vipayadee Rangsit Road in northern Bangkok and a nearby hotel car park on January 30, 2007.

An integral part of the Songkran holiday celebration involves throwing or squirting water, sometimes mixed with powder, on cars and pedestrians.  This, combined with increased traffic, is likely to bring about a marked increase in traffic accidents throughout Thailand, especially those that involve motorcycles and pedestrians.   Water-related Songkran festivities, increased holiday traffic, and large crowds of revelers are also often exploited by pickpockets and other scam artists.  We urge all Americans to be extra cautious in public places and to pay particular attention to road safety during this holiday period.  

Worldwide, the Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas, but does not have any specific information indicating an increase risk to Americans in Thailand. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.

On April 9, 2007, the Department of State issued an updated Worldwide Public Announcement with regard to the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against Americans and interests overseas.  The worldwide public announcement can be found at:  http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.html

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings, and Public Announcements can be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  American citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy.  The Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok.  The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at ACSBKK@State.gov.  For additional information, please refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” found at http://travel.state.gov


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So, I guess you'll both be staying home and in the house this week! Never no, some rag-head might stick a incendiary device under your hamburger cooker or sick a firecracker up your silly poodles bum! Confused


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Originally posted by dogeater dogeater wrote:

So, I guess you'll both be staying home and in the house this week! Never no, some rag-head might stick a incendiary device under your hamburger cooker or SICK a firecracker up your silly poodles bum! Confused
 
 
Kudos to the bomber who is prepared to stick his mouth around a poodles bum and vomit a firecracker into  itLOL...
 
Regarding the bomb in BKK...  according to TV it was placed by a pissed off tuk tuk driver who had been hassled by a local cop....more like a flash bang firework....no need to panic boys
If you have to tell the world how good you are,you're probably not that good!!!!
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What an insult!  Does the bomber realise that the Major movie complex was my "haunt" when I lived close by?
 
Scary! Shocked
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