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Seven Bombs Rock Bangkok, Kill two

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Seven explosives went off almost simultaneously in Bangkok, injuring at least 20 people as the revellers were about to start celebrating the New Year's eve.

Two people were killed and 20 injured at the Victory Monument when a powerful bomb went off near a bus station at about 6.30 pm.

One person was dead near the Big C supermarket, Sapan Kwai branch, where witness saw a man dropped a grenade from a pedestrian bridge just over the police box.

At the Klong Toei area near the Na Ranong intersection, around the same time, a bomb hidden in a trash can near a Chinese spirit shrine exploded and injured two bypassers. The explosion caused a secondary explosion to a number of cookinggas cylinders that were situated nearby.

At the Seacon Square Shopping Mall, a loud explosion went off at the parking space, creating a panic but no injury.

Authorities ordered all shoppers to evacuate the mall, one of Bangkok largest, and all shops to close down for business.

Deputy Governor of Bangkok, Wallop Suwandee, announced that all the events designated for the New Year's even countdown celebration have been cancelled.

Government's spokesman Yongyuth Malyalarp urged the public to remain calm, adding that police officers have been instructed to stay on high alert, including areas where high concentration of people are expected to take part in the New Year's count down.

"Police reinforcement have been sent to various areas in the city. We urged the public to remain calm, continue with the celebration but at the same time keep a look out for any irregularities," Yongyuth said.

Another police box was hit near the Khae Rai intersection in Nonthaburi province just north of Bangkok with a bomb but not injury reported said Police spokesman Pol General Ajiravid Subarnbhesaj said.

Another bomb went off in the compound of the Tesco Lotus Supermarket at the Prachachuen branch. The Nation BOMB ATTACKS REPORTED IN BANGKOK

(BangkokPost.com)

A number of bombs or grenades have exploded in Bangkok early on New Year's Eve, wounding dozens of people in at least two places.

Explosions occurred in the Klong Toey area not far from Lumpini Park, and near the Victory Monument.

The coordinated attacks are unprecedented in Bangkok.

However, political feelings have run high for more than a year, and there have been reports of political violence aimed against the military junta which ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra on Sept 19 - primarily the suspected burning of schools.

Except for the insurgency in the four southernmost provinces, there has been no deadly political violence in Thailand for more than 14 years, when a popular protest overthrew the last military government. In that case, the violence was by the government and armed forces.

Martial law was lifted in Bangkok and surrounding provinces a month ago, but the military is authorised to act when necessary.

The junta leader and army commander, Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, is currently out of Thailand, on the Haj in Saudi Arabia, and will not return to Thailand until Thursday.

Officials said Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont was preparing to speak to the press and the nation.

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Seven Bombs Rock Bangkok, Kill two

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Seven explosives went off almost simultaneously in Bangkok, injuring at least 20 people as the revellers were about to start celebrating the New Year's eve.

Two people were killed and 20 injured at the Victory Monument when a powerful bomb went off near a bus station at about 6.30 pm.

One person was dead near the Big C supermarket, Sapan Kwai branch, where witness saw a man dropped a grenade from a pedestrian bridge just over the police box.

At the Klong Toei area near the Na Ranong intersection, around the same time, a bomb hidden in a trash can near a Chinese spirit shrine exploded and injured two bypassers. The explosion caused a secondary explosion to a number of cookinggas cylinders that were situated nearby.

At the Seacon Square Shopping Mall, a loud explosion went off at the parking space, creating a panic but no injury.

Authorities ordered all shoppers to evacuate the mall, one of Bangkok largest, and all shops to close down for business.

Deputy Governor of Bangkok, Wallop Suwandee, announced that all the events designated for the New Year's even countdown celebration have been cancelled.

Government's spokesman Yongyuth Malyalarp urged the public to remain calm, adding that police officers have been instructed to stay on high alert, including areas where high concentration of people are expected to take part in the New Year's count down.

"Police reinforcement have been sent to various areas in the city. We urged the public to remain calm, continue with the celebration but at the same time keep a look out for any irregularities," Yongyuth said.

Another police box was hit near the Khae Rai intersection in Nonthaburi province just north of Bangkok with a bomb but not injury reported said Police spokesman Pol General Ajiravid Subarnbhesaj said.

Another bomb went off in the compound of the Tesco Lotus Supermarket at the Prachachuen branch. The Nation BOMB ATTACKS REPORTED IN BANGKOK

(BangkokPost.com)

A number of bombs or grenades have exploded in Bangkok early on New Year's Eve, wounding dozens of people in at least two places.

Explosions occurred in the Klong Toey area not far from Lumpini Park, and near the Victory Monument.

The coordinated attacks are unprecedented in Bangkok.

However, political feelings have run high for more than a year, and there have been reports of political violence aimed against the military junta which ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra on Sept 19 - primarily the suspected burning of schools.

Except for the insurgency in the four southernmost provinces, there has been no deadly political violence in Thailand for more than 14 years, when a popular protest overthrew the last military government. In that case, the violence was by the government and armed forces.

Martial law was lifted in Bangkok and surrounding provinces a month ago, but the military is authorised to act when necessary.

The junta leader and army commander, Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, is currently out of Thailand, on the Haj in Saudi Arabia, and will not return to Thailand until Thursday.

Officials said Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont was preparing to speak to the press and the nation.

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Heard they said 7 places too but I found out only5 places

Victory Monument, Klong toey, Saphan kwai, Kae Rai Junction (near Nonthaburi) and Seacon Square.

My friend said in Sukhumwit too.. but I havent heard from any other source yet.

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how terrible. wtf is wrong with people. i just heard a bang too in the distance out of my window. hopefully nothing happening - not the start of something.

i heard 2 theories - Muslims from the south bringing the fight to BKK as BKK seemed to ignore their actions in the South and pro-Thaksin people.

i really dont see what could Thaksin gain from this, so i cant see why would he be involved in something like that. maybe the unrest down south is the real root cause - i have heard for years that the police had been uncovering plots by islamist extremists to plant bombs in Nana/Patpong/Emporium etc..etc...

let's hope this is a one-off event and doesnt escalate/spiral.

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Thaksin's people can gain from this if they can make it appear it is the work of others.

But that doesn't mean they had anything to do with it. Bes to wait for more information before rushing to any judgements.

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Well its really scary but logical that all this also come to BBK/Thailand now. Just talking to my gf that is in a taxi there for a new year celebration is not funny.

Wish you a Happy New Year anyhow!

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This is really scary news but i hope it doesn't stop people from celebrating New Year's.

Theres probably gonna be more fatalities from drunken driving tonight than from bombs...so also be careful on the road.

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