Bangkok Bank to open as usual after bombing

17:40, March 01, 2010      

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Bangkok Bank, whose branches were targeted by grenade attacks on Saturday night, on Monday denied any involvement of domestic politics and said it will reopen for business as usual Tuesday.

According to Thai News Agency online, Staporn Kavitanon, chairman of the largest commercial bank of Thailand, said his bank is not involved in domestic politics and that senior bank executives will consider whether to strengthen security measures for its varied branches after four branches were attacked by M67 grenades late Saturday.

Hand grenades were thrown at the bank's branch offices at Silom Road in Bangkok and in the nearby province of Samut Prakan. Glass doors and windows of the offices were shattered by the wave and a policeman at the site of Silom Road said one man was slightly injured.

Grenades were also found at two other branches of the bank in Bangkok Saturday night but failed to explode.

Police has already distributed the sketch of a suspect who threw the grenades and they believe the attackers were from the same group.

The attacks happened one day after the landmark verdict on the case of Thaksin Shinawatra's frozen assets. According to the ruling made by the Supreme Court Friday night, part of the former prime minister's frozen assets, worth 46.37 billion baht (1.41 billion U.S. dollars), were confiscated.

The anti-government movement of United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on Sunday denied any connection with the bombing incidents.

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