NSC: Bangkok blasts not act of terrorism

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BANGKOK, 15 February 2012  – The Secretary General of the National Security Council (NSC) indicated that the three explosions which occurred in Bangkok yesterday were not terrorism related, but were targeted at unidentified individuals. 

Following the blasts, representatives from relevant agencies, including the Royal Thai Police, the National Intelligence Agency, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were called in for an urgent meeting. The NSC Secretary General revealed that the explosions were not related to terrorism. However, the bombs were believed to be private attacks.

Additionally, he said that the case had no connection to the apprehended Lebanese terror suspect, Atris Hussein, since the three culprits on the scene are Iranian passport holders. However, a more detailed investigation will be carried out to determine their nationalities.

The NSC Secretary General also admitted that the explosive devices contained magnetic parts, which were similar to the bombs in Georgia and India.

Meanwhile, security measures have been stepped up in airports and border checkpoints, as well as other important places given that the blasts have been linked with global political tensions. Mr. Wichean admitted that Thailand’s measure to boost its economy by opening up to foreigners has become a weakness in ensuring national security. Thus, the NSC has asked for the public’s cooperation to immediately report any suspicious activities.

Deputy Police Chief Pol. Gen. Pansiri Prapawat said that the police are currently investigating the source of the bombing materials, while continuing to search for the third suspect, who is believed to have fled Thailand.

Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow stated that the MFA will be clarifying the situation and security measures to the diplomatic missions in Thailand later on.