BANGKOK – Thai authorities uncovered more bombs in Hua Hin and Phuket today, as efforts were intensified to track down the culprits behind a series of bomb and arson attacks which occurred several days ago.
Here, a worker stumbled on a suspicious-looking object covered in soil in a drain at the Lamsalee intersection near Huamak district at 11.15am (local time) which upon closer inspection, turned out to be a hand-grenade.
“A police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team confirmed the object was an old rustic hand-grenade and took it away for disposal,” he told a police officer at the Huamak Police Station.
Nevertheless, the discovery of an old hand-grenade which most probably was unrelated to the recent violent incidents in the southern provinces heightened a sense of nervousness among Bangkok’s residents.
A series of violent attacks in Hua Hin, Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Surat Thani and Trang left four people dead and 35 others, including 10 foreign tourists, injured.
A police officer in the resort town of Hua Hin confirmed the force discovered another bomb at 11am before an EOD team took it away to defuse.
Hua Hin, a coastal resort town about four hours away from Bangkok was struck by twin bombing incidents, each on Thursday night and Friday morning, leaving two people dead and scores injured.
The authorities also found a bomb in Phuket and another two unexploded fire bombs in Phang Nga yesterday, most probably placed at the location several days ago but had failed to explode.
Phuket, a holiday destination popular among Malaysian holidaymakers suffered a bomb attack on Saturday morning, three days after the discovery of two unexploded bombs hidden at two popular markets in town.
Phang Nga, another popular seaside destination was hit by two explosions on Friday morning at Bang Niang Market in Takua Pa district. – BERNAMA