Transport Company steps up security after grenades, AK47 found on bus

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BANGKOK, Aug 6 – Thailand’s state-owned Transport Company Limited has stepped up security at Mo Chit bus terminal in northern Bangkok after a bag containing hand grenades and an AK47 assault rifle was found on an  interprovincial bus which arrived at the terminal crowded with passengers returning to the capital after a long holiday weekend.

The Transport Company boosted security preparations at its terminals, particularly Mo Chit, after the arms were discovered on a bus arriving from the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima to a crowded terminal crowded with many travellers returning to Bangkok at the end of the Asanha Bucha and Khao Pansa Day holidays.

Transport Company President Wuthichart Kalyanamitra said that police found one AK47 and eight hand grenades on the bus from Nakhon Ratchasima.

He said the police received a tip and were prepared to search and seize the arms when the bus arrived at the terminal.

However, he said, the suspect was apparently aware of the police move and fled the bus before it arrived at Mo Chit 2, leaving the police holding a bag of weapons but without a suspect in custody.