PM dismisses bomb threats as work of ‘madmen’

PM dismisses bomb threats as work of 'madmen' - TNA, April 10, 2005
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday blasted the apparent hoaxers behind bomb threats at department stores in the Thai capital, describing them as ‘madmen’ who belonged in psychiatric hospitals...


[2015 note: Like many Thai newspaper articles from the early days of the Thai internet, this article is no longer online. Below is the complete text of the original article.]

BANGKOK, Apr 10, (TNA) – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday blasted the apparent hoaxers behind bomb threats at department stores in the Thai capital, describing them as ‘madmen’ who belonged in psychiatric hospitals.

Responding to reports that department stores in Bangkok had received bomb warnings, the prime minister condemned the apparent hoaxers in the highest terms, while nonetheless admitting that the capital’s police force needed to respond quicker when threats were made.

The nation has been on knife-edge since explosions rocked the southern city of Hat Yai last weekend, an indication that separatist insurgents are now taking their campaign outside the southern border region.

Yesterday Mr. Thaksin refused to comment on reports that officials were intent on catching insurgents working under the command of Mr. Sapae-ing Baso, thought to be one of the main separatist leaders, but conceded that intelligence reports suggested that groups of young men with distorted ideas of history and religion were behind many of the attacks in the border provinces.

“The government must continue to address the fact that violence is occurring on a daily basis in the south. We will employ three methods: reconciliation to boost good understanding, development to ensure that innocent people have employment, and the amendment of law enforcement”, he said. (TNA)--E006
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