Security beefed up at US embassy upon bin Laden’s death

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BANGKOK, 3 May 2011  – The Thai government has stepped up security at the US Embassy in Bangkok in order to ensure safety after Usama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was reportedly killed during the US military operations in Pakistan on Monday. 

Deputy Secretary General to the Prime Minister and Acting Government Spokesperson Dr Panitan Wattanayagorn stated that all security units are pondering whether or not there will be any retaliation against US interests especially the embassy in Thailand by Mr. Usama bin Laden’s supporters.

Dr Panitan however noted that maximum security has initially come into effect at the places owned by the US in the capital city, particularly the US embassy. Despite the killing of Bin Laden, he did not think unrest would be incited in the kingdom as Thailand is not the target.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has also instructed related security units to monitor situation closely upon the death of the Al-Qaeda leader although the kingdom is not directly involved in the issue.