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14 countries issue travel warnings for Thailand: Foreign Ministry

(Xinhua)

08:25, February 17, 2012

BANGKOK, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul disclosed Thursday that a total of 14 countries and regions had issued travel warnings for Thailand after three bomb blasts rocked the commercial district of Bangkok on Tuesday.

This group of countries and regions include Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, New Zealand, Italy, Norway, Israel and China's Taiwan. On Wednesday, there were only 10 countries issuing the warnings.

It is believed that the travel warnings will soon be lifted as the suspects have been apprehended. In addition, the Foreign Ministry has given instructions to relevant officials to keep foreign embassies in Thailand up to date with the latest situation to ensure a speedy revocation of the warnings, according to Surapong.

Three explosions occurred Tuesday afternoon in the business area of Sukhumvit road, hurting five people including one suspect. Two suspects with Iranian passports were arrested after the bombings while the third suspect who managed to flee to Malaysia on a flight was finally nabbed by Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. An arrest warrant was also issued for a female suspect who had allegedly arranged house rental for those three suspects.

Meanwhile, Iranian authorities have issued an announcement condemning the terrorists while denying that they were citizens of Iran.

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