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Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has condemned those behind the bombings and Tweeted he had already ordered those responsible to protect the people and take care of injured people in a Tweet at 11.12am.

Bombs have gone off around different parts of Bangkok this morning, following a fake bomb being placed in front of the Royal Thai Police HQ in Bangkok late last night.

Loud explosions were heard near the BTS skytrain station at Chong Nong Si, just out the front of the Mahanakorn Building, plus at least three other areas in Bangkok this morning. Four people have been injured – two on Rama 9 Road and two near the Chong Nong Si BTS station. Glass around the entrances to the Skytrain station platform were shattered. This incident has been variously reported in different media as happening around 9am.

Police reported loud sounds “similar to bomb explosions” twice at the Chong Nonsi BTS station about 8.50am and closed Exits 3 and 4 to the BTS station, above the road. Police also cordoned off the areas. Reports also say that there were loud bangs near the security entrance area to the Mahanakhon Building.

There has also been a fire in shops in Soi 19 Phetchaburi Road in the Pratunam area, near the busy markets. The fire started around 5am this morning. Police don’t know if it is connected to the other explosions during the morning.

The first explosions reported this morning were in front of a Government Building in Chaeng Wattana Road, Building B, in the Lak Si District, in the northern suburbs of the capital. The Thaiger reported earlier that it went off around 7am although other media report that the time may have been later, nearer 9am.

The second explosion went off in a garden area, opposite the first explosion in Chaeng Wattana Road, a ‘short time’ after the first explosion. In both cases, no one was injured.

The third explosion was on Rama 9 in Soi 57/1, approximately 12 kilometres from the 1st and 2nd explosions, near the Airport Link in Bang Kapi. Two “road” cleaners were injured in this incident.

Later this morning two unexploded devices were found on the footpaths outside the front of the Royal Thai Army’s headquarters, also in Chaeng Wattana Road, next door to the Government Building where the first tow devices went off today.

Police suspect all four incident are part of a wider campaign that started last night when a few bomb was left outside the Royal Thai Police HQ in Bangkok. Read that story HERE.

Thai PM condemns the people behind Bangkok's bomb explosions - UPDATE | News by The Thaiger

Fire at shops near the Pratunam Markets in a Soi off Phetchaburi Road

Thai PM condemns the people behind Bangkok's bomb explosions - UPDATE | News by The Thaiger

Thought to be the first explosion this morning at a government building in Chaeng Wattana Road

 

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1 killed, 20 injured in gas pipe explosion in Samut Prakan

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A gas pipe explosion at a Samut Prakan industrial site killed 1 and injured 20 others. Flames burst in the air and those at homes in the province’s Bang Bo district fled the area. At this time, there’s been 1 confirmed death, an elderly bedridden woman, but Thai media reports there could be another death.

Around 40 to 50 fire engines were called to the scene to extinguish the fire at the site near Wat Preng Ratbanrung on Thepparat-Lat Krabang Road. The mayor of the tambon Preng administration organisation reported the incident in a broadcast on the traffic radio station JS100.

The gas pipe that exploded leads to the large-scale Asia Industrial Estate Suvarnabhumi, according to the senior executive vice president of PTT’s gas business unit.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Government lifts Bangkok’s State of Emergency

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Bangkok’s State of Emergency has been lifted, according to a statement published in the Royal Gazette, making it official. The order, banning large public gatherings, and censoring critical media commentary, was imposed last Thursday morning by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, leading to the breaking up a protest and the arrests of a number of activists.

“The current violent situation that led to the announcement of the severe situation has eased and ended to a situation in which government officials and state agencies can enforce the regular laws.”

Protesters ignored the orders and rallies only grew over the past week. The recent series of protests started on Wednesday, October 14 at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument. The demonstration happened to be at the same day and the same route as a royal motorcade, causing complications as well as a clash between the royal supporters and the protesters calling on reform.

Protesters walked to the Government House and intended to set up camp for a few days to put pressure on Prayut to resign. The protest was broken up at 4am the next morning after the prime minister issued the state of emergency. More than 20 activists were arrested, many faced charges of violating the emergency measures.

Despite the government orders, there have been rallies everyday. The emergency order also banned content on websites and social media considered to be a “threat to national security.” Some Thai media outlets covering the protests were under fire, and some authorities tired to suspend them under the emergency order. The court dismissed the requests to block those media companies, saying the Thai Constitution does not give the court power to shutdown media platforms.

SOURCE: Reuters

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Negative Covid-19 results for first group on the Special Tourist Visa

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Surely, the most anticipated and followed tourists ever to grace Thailand’s shores. All 39 visitors who flew in from China this week on the new Special Tourist Visa have tested negative for Covid-19. While it’s a small group, they’re the first foreign tourists to arrive since travel restrictions were imposed in late-March.

More international tourists are expected to arrive next week under the auspices of the new Special Tourist Visa. If there are no positive Covid-19 cases in the first groups, the government says they could start to lift restrictions, like cutting down the mandatory quarantine period, or allowing more applicants under the STV.

2 more groups travelling from China are expected to arrive next week on October 26 and 27, according to the tourism and sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. Another group of travellers from Scandinavian countries are expected to arrive in November.

Reopening borders to foreign tourists has been a concern for some about the potential spread of the coronavirus, even though tourists are required to go through a 14 day quarantine period before travelling in the country. Phiphat says those entering Thailand on the Special Tourist Visa are only those from areas declared free of Covid-19 for at least a month.

“Europe now faces a second wave… The Tourism and Sports Foreign ministries will allow tourists from low-risk cities with zero new cases for more than 30 days.”

If there continues to be no positive Covid-19 cases from those on the Special Tourist Visa, Phiphat says they government could implement a more relaxed quarantine. Health officials have talked about cutting the quarantine down to 10 days and possibly just a week. Phiphat says they would first need approval from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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