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05 October 2010 :: 10:10:02 am 42251

Eleven Detained in Chiang Mai over National Security Threats

Thai authorities have detained 11 men suspected of being involved in a movement to assassinate key political figures and overthrow Thailand’s revered monarchy, senior police officers said on Monday.
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Bangkok, the 4th of October 2010: Provincial Police Region 5 Commander Major General Chaiya Siriamphankul revealed that eleven men had been arrested over threats to national security at a resort in Chiang Mai’s Mae-On district.

Reportedly trained in the use of firearms and explosives the 11 detained suspects have been linked to a movement aimed at assassinating key political figures and important persons as well as bid to overthrow the Kingdoms revered monarchy.

Investigations are continuing into identifying and locating several other figures linked to the movement, thought to be hiding in Thailand’s north and northeastern provinces. The eleven detained men are now under witness protection.

Acting Bangkok Metropolitan Police Chief Major General Chakthip Chaijinda said Monday that a team of investigators had been sent to Chiang Mai to assist provincial police in questioning suspects thought to be involved with the movement and a host of random bombings in the Thai capital.

Key Chiang Mai Red Shirt leader Master Sergeant Third Class Pichit Tamool distanced himself and the Red Shirts from the detained suspects, stating that links made to the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship are false and an attempt by the government to harbour dissent for their strictly political cause.

Meanwhile, Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau Division 1 Commander Major General Wichai Sangprapai revealed the detention of a cobbler involved in last weeks bomb threat at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok where His Majesty the King is currently hospitalised.

The man, who works as a cobbler near the military-operated TV5 television station in Sanam Pao district, has since confessed to calling in the threat, but appears to show no signs of mental health as was first suspected by police. The man was identified off CCTV footage near the scene.

In other related news, a bomb has exploded on Monday night in the parking lot of the Pinklao branch of Thonglor Pet Hospital, in Bangkok’s Bangplad district. The device was placed/thrown underneath a car parked in the area. The vehicle was substantially damaged in the incident but no one was reported injured.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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