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02 August 2010 :: 10:08:06 am 34071

Vigilance Urged as Grenades Found at Government House

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Sunday urged security officials stationed at Government House to “work harder” after three M79 grenades were discovered inside the government compound.
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Bangkok, the 1st of August 2010: The grenades were found in a sewage ditch inside the Government House compound as workers were cleaning the area. Mr. Thaugsuban stressed that the need to increase security was still unnecessary, urging existing personnel to “work harder” in the face of ongoing tensions in the capital.

“The security system there (Government House) is fine, but there are still ill-intentioned groups of people wanting to create chaos in the country,” Mr. Thaugsuban exclaimed in reference to security maintaining their diligence.

At present, it is suspected that the three live M79 type grenades were remnants from the recent 10-week long political protests in the capital, possibly fired by detractors. The mere presence of such explosive devices inside the government compound is cause for concern despite how and when they appeared according to the deputy PM.

Addressing the recent bombings in civilian populated areas of the city Mr. Thaugsuban revealed, “I believe there are still some groups of people trying to create chaos in the country in several ways by inciting people, twisting facts and doing sabotage.”

The bombings, on Ratchadamri and Rangnam Roads, occurred last week in public places, targeting innocent people. Mr. Thaugsuban has stressed the need for the government to formulate preventative measure and strengthen its intelligence over the situation.

Amidst calls from inside Government House, Mr. Thaugsuban stated that the Emergency Decree would not be re-enacted in provinces previously deemed safe. Currently the controversial security measure is in place on 10 provinces including Bangkok, having been revised down from 23 at the height of political disturbances in May.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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