Troops deployed throughout capital city of Thailand

20:20, October 14, 2010      

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Thailand's Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered deployment of troops in 1,868 communities in all 50 districts of Bangkok and adjacent provinces for civic action, intelligence collection and prevention of bombings and sabotage, an army source said.

The army chief's instruction follows the explosion at an apartment in central Nonthaburi province on Oct. 5, in which four people were killed, including the suspected bomb maker, and nine others wounded, a local media reported.

Intelligence agencies were convinced there could be more sabotage attempts and bombings of important installations, the source said.

The troops are drawn from three main units - the 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Cavalry Division, and the army's Air Defense Command. The operation covers all 50 districts of Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan where the emergency decree is still in force.

The army chief's order is for the troops to develop relations with the local people so that they can act as the eyes and ears of the authorities.

Each main force has been ordered to set up a rapid deployment company capable of reaching any location where a violent incident occurs in 15 minutes.

Source: Xinhua


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