Security tightened in Bangkok

Sept. 28, 2010 at 3:55 PM
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BANGKOK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A hand grenade thrown in front of the Thai attorney general's office in Bangkok was aimed at inciting unrest, an investigator said Tuesday.

Police said the grenade, believed to be an M26, was thrown into the attorney general's compound about 8.30 p.m. local time Monday, making a hole in the lawn and shattering a few windows.

There were no injuries, the Bangkok Post said.

Kayasit Pissawongprakarn, director-general of the Department of Criminal Litigation, said tossing the grenade was an attempt to incite unrest. Kayasit said the attorney general's office is not a political entity, so the explosion was not a threat and will not affect the workings of the office.

Kayasit said more guards will be deployed around the area, the Post reported.

National Security Council Secretary-General Thawil Pliensri told the Post he expected bombings would go on until the end of the year.

The Cabinet Tuesday ordered security agencies to step up their efforts against violence in Bangkok, and ordered the installation of more closed-circuit television cameras on expressways.

Officials said there have been 125 violent incidents across the country since March 12.

One-hundred-eight of the incidents were in Bangkok; 72 occurred during anti-government protests and 36 others occurred after political gatherings. About 20 of the incidents involved to homemade-bomb explosions.

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