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New Year Bombs in Bangkok

by observer393 Mon Jan 1st, 2007 at 12:06:02 AM EST

Most New Year celebrations in Bangkok were cancelled after a series of bomb explosions that left at least three dead and more injured.

From the Nation (Thailand):


String of blasts rock Bangkok, killing 2

New Year's Eve parties cancelled / Rumours point to 'undercurrents' / Police, military out in force around country

Police and military personnel were scrambling to find out who was behind what seems to have been a coordinated bomb attack in the capital last night that left two people dead and more than 20 people injured.

Bangkok was rocked by six explosions early in the evening at widely separate parts of the city, completely disrupting New Year's Eve celebrations. Tens of thousands of alarmed people swarmed out of the city centre hours before midnight after the capital's major parties were cancelled.

One person was killed and at least 17 injured when a powerful bomb went off at the Victory Monument at about 6.30pm. The blast ripped through bus stops, shattering windows at a restaurant and sent debris flying in all directions. The dead man was identified as Songkran Kanjana. His age was not known.

The rest of the story http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2007/01/01/headlines/headlines_30023013.php

The reference to undercurrents in the first sentence refers to supporters of the previous regime ousted by the military who have been linked to the serial destruction of schools in areas supportive of the Mr. Thaksin the ousted PM.

Do we know who did this for sure yet?

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Mon Jan 1st, 2007 at 06:27:08 AM EST
you wont find too many in Thailand who dont think it was linked to the previous regime. External terrorists have been ruled out. Forensic evidence seems to rule out southern separatists. That only really leaves one group organized well enough to do it.
by observer393 on Mon Jan 1st, 2007 at 07:35:00 AM EST
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The paper of record in Barcelona has a small news in the international section.

They claim that no officicla statement regarding who did it has been issued.

The report was done by the spanish news agency... so

EFE Report

Completely off the radar were not for your report. Thnaks

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Mon Jan 1st, 2007 at 08:58:27 AM EST
It has made a lot of the Western news through the day (Thai time). Maybe not big news for the Spanish.
The PM made a statement in which he without mentioning names more or less blamd "those who lost power"
We will see as this unfolds.
by observer393 on Mon Jan 1st, 2007 at 09:55:56 AM EST
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International news in Spain are saturated with Saddam, US casualties, Rumania and Somalia...That's the reason. SO thanks for the highlight here.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Mon Jan 1st, 2007 at 10:25:01 AM EST
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We all have our blind spots, it's not like Spain knows or cares a lot about South East Asia,

Plus, when you're picking through 40 thousand tonnes of rubble looking for two Ecuadorians...

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jan 1st, 2007 at 12:13:46 PM EST
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for an out of Europe story when there is so much going on in Europe.


by observer393 on Tue Jan 2nd, 2007 at 12:59:56 AM EST
I just replied to my friend in Bangkok belatedly  wishing her Happy New Year and I didn't know about blasts at all. Thanks for update!
by FarEasterner on Fri Jan 5th, 2007 at 04:23:48 AM EST

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