10 suspects apprehended in predawn raids at Hua Mark, Ramkhamhaeng

A combined force of over a hundred heavily armed commandos and metropolitan police raided nine targets in Hua Mark area on Ramkhamhaeng road early today and apprehended 10 suspects for questionings.

The raids at suspected targets came as the capital was placed on full alert to look out for suspected southern militants following reports that they plan to launch car bomb attacks in Bangkok and its peripherals during October 25-28.

Some of the suspects apprehended already have been on the wanted list of security authorities for national security threat.

All were later escorted to the Metropolitan Police Bureau's Division 4 for interrogation.

Earlier yesterday Pol Gen Srivara Rangseepromnakul, the deputy national police chief, called an urgent meeting of senior police investigators of Metropolitan Police Bureau, Provincial Police Bureau 2 and 7, Immigration Police Bureau, the Central Investigation Bureau and the Special Branch to map out measures to deal with the reported threat.

According to the intelligence report, the southern militants have eyed three targets for the attacks namely shopping malls, car parks and tourist destinations.

Pol Gen Srivara said that normally the alert of possible attacks by southern militants was confined to the restive Deep South, but this time the alert was shifted to Bangkok and its peripherals. He admitted that this could be a plot to create public panic.

During August 11-12, suspected southern militants staged bomb and arson attacks in seven southern provinces, including Hua Hin and Phuket, killing several people.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)