Thai deputy PM dismisses rumor on subway-bombing plot

19:28, August 30, 2010      

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Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Monday dismissed the rumor that intelligence agencies warned of a possible bomb attack on Bangkok's subway system in the next one or two months as the capital city is till under the emergency decree.

According to Bangkok Post online, Suthep Thaugsuban said no intelligence agencies had informed him they had information indicating such a threat. He accused the opposition Puea Thai Party of circulating unfounded rumors.

Suthep said he has had ordered officials to increase security in the capital, including the repair of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras damaged during the anti-government protests.

The deputy prime minister was responding the claim by Puea Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit, who said the government security agency had received fresh information about a plot to bomb the subway in September or October. Prompong claimed this would be used as a excuse to further postpone the general election.

The general election is expected to be held in the middle of next year at the latest, soon after Abhisit Vejjajiva's administration finished its term in April.

National Security Council secretary-general Thawil Pliensri also said earlier the day that there are no intelligence reports pointing to a possible bomb attack.

Security units were keeping a close eye on all major transport routes at all times. The current security situation in the country remains normal, he said.

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