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Increased risk of crude IED attacks in Bangkok ahead of court verdict against former PM in August

09 August 2017


Domestic media reported on 6 August, quoting an unnamed security official, that security was being tightened in Bangkok throughout the next month.

According to the report, the police and military plan to increase their presence at tourist spots in Bangkok and at other key locations in the city. The security source cited the second year anniversary of the Erawan Shrine improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Bangkok on 17 August 2015 and upcoming verdicts in several "key court cases" as the reasons for the intensified security. He also said there was an apprehension that southern insurgents might seek to "take advantage" of the political situation to cause unrest.

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