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30 December 2010 :: 11:12:23 am 48388

PM downplays Narathiwat car bombing; says it’s not linked to emergency decree revocation

BANGKOK, Dec 29 – Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Wednesday ruled out the possibility that a car bomb in Narathiwat on Wednesday was aimed to challenge his government a day after the Cabinet had decided to lift an emergency decree in Pattani’s Mae Lan district.
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The car bomb would have no impact on the government’s plan to revoke the emergency decree in additional districts, because individual consideration would be given to each area, the prime minister said confirming that the government would oversee all areas to ensure safety during the New Year.

 

The prime minister said that he was informed about the car bomb in Narathiwat, but knew no details of the incident so far.

Mr Abhisit however pledged that the problem of sporadic attacks would be tackled and he would look into the details of the incident and assess the situation again. An intelligence report earlier warned of a possible attack but it was difficult to specify the exact timing. A solution to this problem would be discussed.

“They [the insurgents] targeted launching an attack at this time,” the prime minister said. “I will talk to security agencies what to do next, but we have already ordered tightened security in community areas.”

 

The situation is being monitored in Bangkok and other big cities. Personnel, equipment, and surveillance cameras are in place. The New Year’s countdown event will be certainly safe but the public must cooperate with officials for security checks, he added.

The prime minister’s comments came after four people were wounded by a car bomb at a Highway Department office in the violence-plagued province of Narathiwat Wednesday morning.

Hidden in a pickup truck, the bomb exploded in Bacho district, injuring four people–Abul Dueramae, 24; Uma Jeror, 69; Satorpa Uma, 50; and Masamree Naleng, 26.  They were all sent to hospital.

Report by : MCOT online news
Photo by : HadesssLoakoon (www.militaryphotos.net)

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