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23 April 2010 :: 13:04:27 pm 18778

Suvarnabhumi’s Main Oil Depot Hit by M-79 Grenade Attack

Two M-79 grenades have reportedly been fired at a key petroleum plant on the outskirts of Bangkok. The grenades had been fired at one of the 19 massive oil containers holding highly flammable fuel oil supplied to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Following the attack increased security has been positioned at the Sriracha depots of ESSO, PTT and Thai Oil whilst Laem Chabang Port Authorities have met to discuss further upgrades in their surveillance of the area.
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Bangkok, the 21st of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Thailand’s Energy Minister Dr. Wannarat Channukul moved to assure the public and international press that no major damage had been done as a result of the incident and no fuel disruptions will be experienced by the Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The attack allegedly took place at 2:30am on Wednesday, where forensic experts have revealed, two M-79 grenades were fired into the side of one giant oil container located at the Thai Petroleum Pipeline Company’s oil depot in Lam Luk Ka, Pathum Thani. One grenade hit the target exploding and setting alight the container whilst the second failed to explode landing in the surrounding area. Emergency crews were able to extinguish the fire within an hour of the incident occurring. It is believed that the attack was carried out from the Motorway which passes the oil depot, merely 100 meters from the oil container in question. M-79 grenade launchers have a reported target range of approximately 400 meters.

This most recent attack occurs after the Energy Ministry had supposedly instilled a Sabotage Operations Center to counteract possible acts of terrorism against key energy sites. Increased security was installed at sites such as, oil depots, petroleum instillations, oil refineries, power plants, electrical sub stations, and water facilities to counteract acts of sabotage and terrorism since before the current Red Shirt protests began in March. An attack at the Wang Noi power plant last week further subjugate claims that the government is not doing enough to protect key infrastructure sites.

Following the attacks in Pathum Thani, Sriracha and Chon-Buri authorities have formed a joint taskforce to secure the three large oil refineries of ESSO, PTT and Thai Oil in the area. Along with 24hr surveillance of the sites, police and security officials have requested that the companies upgrade lighting and CCTV equipment to further aid in the protection of the crucial site against sabotage.

Laem Chabang Port Authorities have also met with Chon-Buri authorities’ to discuss upgrades in security at the key international port.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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