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Cabinet meet in Hua Hin to go ahead, despite explosives found
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PHUKET: The mobile Cabinet meeting scheduled on Friday and Saturday in Prachuap Khiri Khan will go ahead despite the discovery of explosives and assault rifle ammunition about three kilometers from the venue, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

He said the cache consisted of only a few items that did not seem to work and the location was quite far from the venue.

Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda said the explosives were outdated and he believed they were discarded by collectors after the coup when the junta initiated a crackdown on people with war weapons.

Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan said the weapons were probably not intended to disrupt the Cabinet meetings and an investigation was under way to try and find out who owned them.

The cache consisted of C-4 and TNT explosive bars and detonating wires, hand detonators, smoke and teargas grenades and munitions for M16 and AK 47 assault rifles.

Serial numbers were being checked to see if they belong to the Army.

They were found on Saturday evening near the Army-run Suan Son Pradiphat Rehabilitation Center, the venue for the meetings.

Military ordnance personnel were quoted as saying that the explosives were useable but not wired to the detonators.

Some of the items were found in sacks with “Company 1 Battalion 1” written on them, it was reported.

Deputy Defence Minister and Army commander Gen Udomdej Sitabutr said that the sacks could have been taken from locations where the Army used them in flood-prevention projects after filling them with sand.

Royal Thai Police commander Gen Somyot Poompanmuang agreed the explosive and munitions were likely dumped after the junta took power. He said the discovery of the cache was not being used as a reason to maintain martial law.

Security for the Cabinet meeting was tight enough and would not be heightened, Gen Somyot said.

An investigation was underway and would not be hastened or dictated by any time frame, he added.

Police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri said C-4 explosives were considered more lethal than the explosives used last month in twin pipe bomb attacks near the Siam Paragon shopping complex and a hand grenade used in the attack on the Criminal Court earlier this month.

It is unlikely the three incidents were linked, Gen Prawut said.

— Phuket Gazette Editors


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