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Police looking for clues over token bomb attack outside First Infantry Regiment

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR clues over Sunday’s token attack with ping-pong bombs outside a major Bangkok army barracks which locates Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s home.

National Security Council secretary-general Supot Malaniyom said the police were collecting pieces of evidence and making inquiries with witnesses pertaining to the event in which two ping-pong bombs were hurled across the gate of the First Infantry Regiment on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and landed on the grassy ground near a sentry box by a couple of motorcycle-riding men.

Nobody was reportedly injured by the token attack whereas the suspected perpetrators are still at large and the police are yet to find out any motive behind it, according to the NSC chief.

He said the premier whose house is located far from the scene inside the army barracks had not given any specific orders.

Safely housed in the spacious premises of the First Infantry Regiment are Deputy Prime Minister/Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan, Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda and Prayut.

Last year, groups of anti-Prayut protesters, mostly being motorcycle-riding adolescents, boisterously demonstrated outside the regiment with some hurling flares and firecrackers.

At several instances, anti-riot policemen fired rubber bullets and tear gas and used high-pressure cannon water to disperse the protesters, many of whom were injured and arrested.

Double-decked cargo containers and road barricades were erected along the perimeters of the army barracks to keep out the disgruntled demonstrators.


The entrance to the First Infantry Regiment on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road. Photo: Matichon

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