Bangkok New Year rocked by 7 bomb blasts
While here in Manila the sounds of explosions mark in the nw ear in Bangkok the booms of this night have been targeted weapons of terror as a new round of violence rocks the Thailand. The explosions come on the raised terror alert status throughout south east asia over the threat of Jemaah Islamiah bombers to strike undetermined targets in the region.
While many regional security exprts are trying to play down ties to al qaeda and JI in the unrelenting stream of attacks over the last few years that have killed over 1,500 in a series of attacks, shootings, and seperatist violence rocking mostly southern thailand.
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Most exprts try to point out the fight in Southern Thailand is not related to other seperatist struggles in the region.
However, the techniques, training, tactics, and terror weapons of choice point more closely to indonesia and bomb assembly seems like looking at a weapons training display from any major unified command bomb squad in the southern philippines.
Hambali was captured in thailand – and – perhaps the most disturbing in in all the years of his war on terror was a operation that thai police scored a major victory – often underplayed in the war on terror – preventing a sale of radioactive material to members of a terror cell preventing construction of dirty bomb in 2002.
While thailand deals with its problems here in Manila, member of the counter terrorism units of the department of justice’s national bureau of investigation chided the PNP over the downplaying of a successful operation versus a would be bomber captured by alert security people few meters aay from a crowded metro rail transit platform.
NBI CT operatives point out people should be warned – so the public could e alerted to the very real threat of attacks towards the end of New Year.
A PNP source however – reminded me that they were not the first to do downplaying of terror insidents – pointing to a infamous explosion at the NBI headquarters office several years ao that damaged several buildings near the Taft ave. gate – to which often was declared a accidental explosion – but to this day the PNP thinks was one of the first attacks of terror in Manila.
At this time Political oponents of the ruling junta are seen as the the possible groups behind this – however – remembering that JI in 2000 exploited the politcal turmoil of the Philippines on it’s Rizal Day December 30th Bombings. I still see from the timing of the blasts and close coordination the hand of the most prolific bombers in Asia in this Bangkok tragedy coming on New Years Eve there.