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Government rules out using emergency decree despite bombings

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BANGKOK, March 25 (TNA) – Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Thursday expressed concerned about a series of bombings which continued to rattle some official buildings in the capital and adjacent areas, but said the situation did not warrant putting an emergency decree into force.

The deputy prime minister commented in his capacity as head of national security after minor explosions took place in the compound of Nonthaburi provincial administration office and the Legal Execution Department in Bangkok Noi district Wednesday night. There were no injuries.

Police bomb experts defused an explosive device planted at a Bangkok Bank ATM booth in the northern province of Chiang Mai early Thursday.

The government has extended enforcement of the Internal Security Act for another week until March 30 in the capital and adjacent environs including Nonthaburi. Tens of thousands of military and police have been deployed across the city.

Mr Suthep conceded the security plan will be adjusted as the assailants have targeted Bangkok suburbs such as Nonthaburi and Thonburi where security lapses were exposed. He assured the public that the government was able to handle the situation and that applying an emergency decree was unnecessary even though security measures will be stepped up.

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