Thai police hunt second bomb plot suspect
Police are hunting a terror suspect believed to be at large in Bangkok after the arrest of a man in an alleged bomb plot that has so far forced 11 foreign embassies to issue travel warnings to Thailand.Updated: Jan 16, 2012 00:35 IST
Police are hunting a terror suspect believed to be at large in Bangkok after the arrest of a man in an alleged bomb plot that has so far forced 11 foreign embassies to issue travel warnings to Thailand.
The national police chief, General Priewpan Damapong, said the suspected bomb plotters - two Lebanese men thought to be linked to pro-Iranian Hezbollah militants -called off the scheme after police caught wind of the plot and arrested one of them on Thursday.
Thai police - who are warning visitors in tourist-heavy areas such as Khao San Road to exercise caution - believe the suspect is in Bangkok but are also upping security searches in nearby provinces and other popular tourist destinations such as Pattaya and Phuket.
Thailand's metropolitan police spokesman Piya Ayutho said: "From intelligence reports, the attackers will use explosives, so the public is urged to be vigilant in risk areas, or in buildings visited by a lot of foreigners, and to particularly look for vehicles that have been left in certain areas for a long time."
The prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, said she had ordered the Thai army, police and security forces to remain vigilant and inform her of any developments, according to the Bangkok Post.
Sketches released late on Friday night by Thai police showed the suspect as a white Middle-Eastern man with short hair and stubble, around 1.8m (5ft 9in) tall. Anyone who believes they have seen the suspect is urged to report to the nearest police station or call 191 from within Thailand.
First Published: Jan 16, 2012 00:33 IST