New Year’s Eve Bombings in Bangkok


New Year's Eve bombings in Bangkok at Saphan Kwai

New Year's Eve bombings in Bangkok at Victory Monument

Compare and contrast: Hat Yai blasts from September 17, 2006

Blast locations: Saphan Kwai - Victory Monument - Central World Plaza - Seacon Square - Sukhumvit Soi 62 - Seafood Restaurant - Khae Rai intersection - Na Ranong intersection

Thai police abandon probe of Bangkok blasts - AFP, March 21, 2008 Thai police have given up their investigation into deadly bombings across Bangkok on New Year's Eve in 2006, saying Friday that they had failed to find any clues to the culprits...

CNS yet to be convinced rebels behind Bangkok bomb blasts - Bangkok Post, March 20, 2007
The Council for National Security (CNS) has yet to be convinced by police reports linking southern separatists to the New Year bombings in Bangkok...

Arrest warrant to be issued against alleged Bangkok bombers - The Nation, February 14, 2007

DSI disagrees with police's plan to issue arrest warrants in Bangkok bomb case - The Nation, February 14, 2007

Bomber from the south? - February 4, 2007

All 19 suspects detained by police released due to a lack of evidence - Bangkok Post, January 27, 2007

Four Hungarians hurt in Bangkok bomb blast - Budapest Sun, January 10, 2007 ...According to the Magyar Hirlap, medical staff who treated the woman initially believed the leg would have to be amputated, but after an eye-witness and the Hungarian consul intervened, the leg was eventually saved by top surgeons following an eight-hour operation...

Police say 9 bombs, not 8, hit city - Bangkok Post, January 10, 2007 ...A source in the Metropolitan Police revealed that the ninth bomb blast was at the Major Cineplex Ratchayothin in the Phahon Yothin area. A cinema and shopping complex security guard found a suspicious black bag left unattended in a fast food outlet and then removed the bag from the outlet's front area and placed it in a back room, while waiting for further investigation. After a short time, the bomb exploded, damaging the outlet's electrical circuit breaker and causing a blackout in the cineplex's retail area but not in the cinemas. There were no casualties, and none of the customers were alarmed as they mistook the noise for an exploding power transformer, said the source.
The owner only alerted Phahon Yothin police on Monday, the source said...

Explosives of New Year bombings same types and makers - The Nation, January 8, 2007

All eight Bangkok bombs likely made by same bombmakers - The Nation, January 8, 2007

Kowit's fate hangs in balance - PM, CNS 'dissatisfied' with him in blast wake - Bangkok Post, January 6, 2007
[Sonthi Limthongkul of the Manager claimed in a speech on Friday night (January 5), that Kowit was in Had Yai on December 31 singing Karaoke at J.B. Hotel with many other police officers.] The fate of national police chief Kowit Wattana is on the line amid signs he is out of favour with Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont and the Council for National Security (CNS) due to his performance after Bangkok and Nonthaburi were hit by the bomb blasts at New Year. His no-show at a security meeting yesterday at Government House between Gen Surayud and key CNS leaders fuelled further speculation that his future is uncertain. Another absentee was Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukpasuk, the air force commander and a CNS member...

Coup leaders tighten grip - The Nation, January 4, 2007

Army denies coup rumours - The Nation, January 4, 2007

Bombers were "in uniform" : defence minister - The Nation, January 4, 2007

Front pages after the bombings

Thai tourism fears after bombings - CNN, January 2, 2007

Britons advised to stay away from Bangkok - The Guardian, January 2, 2007

Thai tours gamble - The Standard, January 2, 2007

City woman 'freaked out' by Bangkok bombs - The Southland Times, January 2, 2007

Police accused of failing to protect public - Street cleaners 'swept away bomb evidence' - Bangkok Post, January 2, 2007 ...Central Institute of Forensic Science acting director Porntip Rojanasunan lashed out at police for barring her team from collecting evidence from a bombing site in Pratunam late on Sunday night, although she had been ordered to do so by Council for National Security chairman Sonthi Boonyaratkalin. ..."The incidents prove Thai police are inefficient. They should know public safety is the direct responsibility of police. They have not managed to make a single arrest following recent school fires," he said, referring to fires in the northern and northeastern provinces... American Embassy Public Announcement - January 1, 2007 This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. Citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand of a series of bombs that exploded in the Bangkok metropolitan area during the evening of December 31, 2006 and shortly after midnight on January 1, 2007. This Public Announcement expires January 31, 2007... Given the fluidity of the current situation, the Department of State advises all American Citizens residing in or traveling to Bangkok to continue to monitor events closely, to remain indoors when possible, to avoid any large public gatherings, and to exercise discretion when moving about Bangkok...

January 1, 2006, 0:41 - Exclusive information: One Hungarian was injured in the Victory Monument blast. Three Serbs, two English, two Thais, and one Irish were injured in the Central World Plaza/Pratuman blasts and are in the nearby Police Hospital. Three more unexploded bombs were found in the Central World Plaza area that did not go off.

January 1, 2006, 0:15 - Comment: All indications are that these events will be laid at the feet of the previous government. It was surprising to see leaks to the press so soon after the bombings citing the "old clique" as being behind the attacks--of course, this type of accusation would also be expected to manage public perceptions that the troubles in the deep south have come to Bangkok. In the last two weeks the coup government has been under sustained attack from accusations that PM Surayud kept rail cars at his estate and that his estate was on public land sold to him illegally. Both of these accusations have been leveled at politicians before and resonate with the public and are extremely damaging. On top of this Sonthi was accused of having two wives and has been called on to step down. The government has been coming forward in a rather amateurish way to counter these claims--holding press conferences in an even-handed way instead of going on the attack and regaining the high ground. We would expect that these bombings, coming on top of the recent attacks on Sonthi and Surayud, will be the last straw--the government has to strike back now or risk being seen as weak.

Bangkok bomb site at Saphan Kwai The site of one of the Bangkok bombings on New Year's Eve, 19:07, December 31, 2006
The video starts at the site of the blast at a police box under a pedestrian walkway and pans around the intersection.

Two more bombs explode at Central World, Pratunam

Bomb victims identified so far

CNS may seize Thaksin's assets following bomb attacks: source A security source said the Council for National Security may order the seizure of assets of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to cut money supply for financing disturbance in the country. The source said the CNS believed Thaksin was behind the series of seven bomb attacks in Bangkok Sunday evening...

Sonthi orders deployment of soldiers to step up security in Bangkok

Revellers at Central World ordered to disperse

PM asks people to avoid crowded parties

Count-down celebration at Sanam Luang cancelled

TRT denies masterminding bombs

Major department stores in Bangkok closed now

Old power clique suspected of being behind Bangkok bomb attacks: source

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