2 men arrested on charge of planting blast at Thai major coalition BJT

14:49, June 25, 2010      

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Two Thai men have been arrested on Friday on charge of planting a blast at the major coalition Bhumjaithai Party (BJT) headquarters on Tuesday, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Police have arrested Kampol Kamkong and Dejpol in Chanthaburi province in Eastern Thailand as Dejpol's surname is not yet identified.

Meanwhile, national army commander-in-chief General Anupong Poajinda denied a report the army was behind the bombing at the headquarters of the Bhumjaithai Party in order to justify continuation of enforcement of the emergency decree, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban also denied the same report, which claimed that the government was behind the bombing for the same reason.

Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul echoed the remark by the army chief and deputy premier saying he does not believe that the bomb attack is aimed to justify the continuation of the emergency decree's enforcement.

Also, the army chief denied an allegation by an anti-government core leader that the army had increased a number of snipers at the 11th Infantry Regiment in north Bangkok.

Though the anti-government protests ended on May 19, the government has still maintained its enforcement of the state of emergency in order to ensure security for the public.

The state of emergency has been imposed from April 7, 2010, in 24 provinces of Thailand's 76 provinces, empowering police and army to control the then anti-government protests.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the " red-shirt" protesters and troops during March 12 to May 19 stood at 88 as some 1,885 others were wounded.

Source: Xinhua


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