Bombs in Bangkok

Bombs are blowing up all over Bangkok apparently. ITV reports that bombs have already gone off at Klong Toey, Vicotry Monument อนุสาวรีย์ฯ , Sapan Kwai, Payatai , and are being placed in trashcans all over Bangkok. It is 19:30 New Years Eve, so they’re a lot of people running around town. Everybody be careful.

The current suspicion is that these attacks were planned by the same group causing trouble in Southern Thailand, where two Thai teachers were shot, doused with gasoline and burned 100 meters from their school only days ago.

11 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on January 1st, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    Police Chief General Ajirawit says that they do not believe insurgents are responsible, but I don’t know who they would be looking at otherwise.

    I think this will mean the dictatorial regime is on its last legs. With the embarrassing stock market blunder and now the worst terrorist attack in Bangkok, what is their legitimacy. This all happened on their watch, and there were warnings. They don’t know how to run a country and they aren’t protecting it.

  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on January 1st, 2007 @ 2:14 am

    Ahhh thts really bad … bombs as in actual bomb :-o

    My wishes for the security all round …. may the new yr be blessed !

  3. Cindy (unregistered) on January 1st, 2007 @ 5:22 am

    Hey Guys,
    Canada calling here.Could some nice person clarify some facts for me please? Can Bangkok citizens(since earthquake)open and retrieve email yet?(Like from Yahoo accounts specifically)Can BKK people chat on Messenger/Msn yet?Has anyone used Skype to make pc-to-pc calls?
    And please,how many casualties and injuries and more news in bomb/grenade attacks.Haven’t heard from friend yet.
    Very concerned,any news and updates would be helpful.
    Thank-you C.

  4. adrock2xander (unregistered) on January 1st, 2007 @ 9:17 am

    I’m a Metroblogging author for Melbourne, and had a short holiday in Bangkok the weekend leading towards Christmas.

    Before heading there, i’ve had several friends and family members dissuading me to travel to Bangkok due to the military coups in September, but i’ve always had no problems in Bangkok (it was my 3rd trip there). The people are friendly, the city is bustling with activities and everyone just minds their own business.

    I’m incredibly shocked and saddened to think that strife and hate still brews beneath the surface of one of Asia’s most beautiful cities.

    I hope something good turns out from all these; the Thais do not deserve this.

    Oh, and to any Thais out there, Happy New Year from Melbourne, Australia.

  5. Mia (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 6:00 am

    Do you guys recommend 3 American women to travel to Bangkok next week? Any recommendations appreciated.

  6. taya (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 6:10 am

    The bombing was clearly an act by the military government to shore up the Thai’s people to support them in their taking over of the country. After 3 months of telling the people that Thaksin’s government was ridden with corruption, they have not been able to find anything! They are losing the people’s support faster than dropped flys. So they had to resource to mocking this thing up without realizing the aftermath. So did they think that killing their own people, taking the robust economy down, and then trying to blame it on Thaksin would ever fly? Thai people are tired and sick of this and we are not as stupid as they think we are. What it will really do is to accelerate the people to up rise and kick these traitors out of this beautiful kingdom.

    So people please don’t be deceived and con; it’s the military government that is behind this. Just look at all the military personal they have dispatched all around Bangkok!

  7. Bonafide (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 8:33 am

    MIA: I’m American too. I’d still recommend traveling to Bangkok. Just be cautious as you would be traveling anywhere else, London, Spain, Japan, India, all had bombs go off in the past year.

    Its just a sad fact of its part of the times we’re living in. Only place really safe is probably, Antarctica. And then you have to deal with frostbite. :)

  8. Bonafide (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 8:45 am

    Taya: Interesting theory. But they had those military personal before. Evidence, on Thaksin’s corruption is plenty but the follow through isn’t there… perhaps interia? Perhaps everyone in charge is getting bride a 100 million each by Thaksin? Who knows?

  9. Oakyman (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 9:33 am

    TAYA: How come you came with this conspiracy theory?
    Any evidence?

    It’s bullshit IMHO.

    How could you check out the terrorist in the South? or any of Thaksin clan?

  10. Ben Harris (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

    All of the wild theories being thrown about are more what people want it to be rather than what it actually is. As soon as some evidence turns up, which I’m sure will happen any day now, I think it’s best to avoid the finger pointing (unless you know something the rest of us don’t).

  11. Krony (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 9:14 am

    I am an American and was in Bangkok december 4th through the 7th along with my fiance, my sister, and my neice. Though I had heard of the military issues there at the time, it didn’t by any way effect the trip. The people I met while I was there were all very friendly, and at no time did I ever feel unsafe. It sadens me to hear of these recent bombs, but I would go back tomorrow if I could. Our vehicle was stopped by military personel once at a checkpoint traveling back towards Cambodia, but all they did was check our passports then politely wished us a safe trip. As in any trip you should always be careful, but I don’t see any reason for being more careful in Bangkok due to this.

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