Sniffer dogs and scanners deployed at Government House

Security at the Government House was tightened up with the deployment of sniffer dogs and troops equipped with bomb detectors following the bomb explosion at Phra Mongkutkhlao hospital on Monday.

Troops were seen patrolling around the Government House as they led their sniffer dogs to sniff around for suspected objects. Scanners were deployed to scan for weapons at the entrances to the Government House near Orathai and Makkawan Rangsan bridges.

Cars entering the premise were searched thoroughly.

An unexpected incident occurred when a 72-year old jumped on the road close to Orathai bridge as a motorcade of Social Development and Human Security Adul Saengsingkaew was approaching.

The unidentified man said he thought it was the motorcade of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and he intended to give him some homemade palm cake. He was later taken to the public service centre to properly file a complaint.

Dr Surasak Thanatsiltham, deputy director of Phra Mongkutkhlao hospital, disclosed that seven more bomb victims had been discharged leaving behind only one, an elderly woman, who was operated on to remove a shrapnel from her face.

He said that the hospital had resumed normal operations, but security had been tightened up.

Spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order Colonel Winthai Suvaree said security officials were instructed to work out security as they think fit about where security must be stepped up and what measures to be applied.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)