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7 bomb blasts in Bangkok – 3 dead, 20 injured

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BANGKOK (The Nation): Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont has asked people to refrain from joining crowded new year parties following at least seven bomb attacks in Bangkok.

The premier has ordered all security officers – police and soldiers – to reinforce security in many areas in the capital. He ordered crime scene inspectors to collect all evidence from the bomb sites in order to determine who masterminded the attacks.

Seven explosives went off almost simultaneously, killing two and injuring at least 20 people, as revelers prepared to celebrate New Year’s eve.

One person was killed and 20 injured at the Victory Monument when a powerful bomb went off near a bus station about 6.30 pm. The bomb ripped through bus stops, shattering windows at the nearby restaurant and sending debris in all directions.

Another person was killed near the Na Ranong intersection near Klong Toei. Around the same time, a bomb hidden in a trash can near a Chinese shrine exploded and injured three pedestrians. The explosion caused a secondary explosion by igniting several cooking gas cylinders nearby.

One person was seriously injured near the Big C supermarket at Saphan Kwai, where witnesses reported seeing a man dropping a grenade from a pedestrian bridge onto the police box. Residue of C4 and TNT were found at the scene, an iTV reporter said, quoting a military source.

A loud explosion went off in the car park at Seacon Square Shopping Mall, sending people in the immediate vicinity into a panic, but with no injuries.

Authorities ordered all shoppers, about 10,000 at the time, to evacuate the mall, one of Bangkok’s largest, and all shops to close down for business.

A bomb detonated at the police box at the entrance of Sukhumvit Soi 62. No injuries were reported.

Another police box was hit near the Khae Rai intersection in Nonthaburi province, just north of Bangkok, but no one was injured, said Police spokesman Pol Gen Ajiravid Subarnbhesaj.

A loud explosion was also reported at the Prachachuen branch of Tesco-Lotus supermarket.

Soldiers were dispatched to some of the sites where the bombs went off, while other major shopping complexes, including Central Chidlom and Siam Paragon, were closed.

Deputy Governor of Bangkok, Wallop Suwandee, announced that all official events designated for the New Year’s countdown have been canceled.

Government Spokesman Yongyuth Malyalarp urged the public to remain calm, adding that police officers have been instructed to stay on high alert, including in areas where large crowds are expected to take part in the New Year countdown.

“Police reinforcements have been sent to various areas in the city. We urge the public to remain calm, continue with the celebrations but at the same time keep a look out for any irregularities,” Yongyuth said.



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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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PHOTOS / VIDEO:  Thanakrit Asulyakul / Mana Sombat / Kanlaya Singkangrang / Kritsada Mueanhawong

Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

Posted by The Thaiger on Saturday, January 19, 2019

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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