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Security tightened in Bangkok after grenade attacks on bank
Published on 1 Mar. 2010 12:24 AM IST
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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva today said the government had sought Army’s help to maintain law and order in the capital following a series of grenade attacks on bank branches in the city. The attacks came a day after the country’s apex court ordered the seizure of more than half of the 2.3 billion US dollar worth of personal assets of the coup-ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawtra, stated UNI. Two motorcycle riders fired a grenade at the headquarters of Bangkok Bank in the capitals central business and entertainment district of Silom last night. The explosion damaged the buildings glass entrance doors and windows. An unexploded grenade was found a short while later at another branch of the same bank on Rama 2 road in outer Bangkok. A third grenade exploded, causing minor damage to a Bangkok Bank ranch in Samut Prakarn province neighbouring Bangkok, while a fourth unexploded one was found at another branch of the same bank in eastern Bangkok. The Prime Minister said he was not surprised by the incidents as the government was aware that some groups were trying to create unrest in a bid to promote political uncertainty. “I would like to plead with the public not to panic. Don’t fall victims to those who want to create turbulence”, Mr Abhisit said.

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