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Chon Buri steps up security after bomb attacks in Bangkok

CHON BURI, 18 February 2012 (NNT) – The Chon Buri Governor has convened a meeting with security officials, tour agencies and hotel and guesthouse operators to discuss security measures following the bomb attacks by Iranian nationals in Bangkok.

The move comes after a report that the assailants earlier stayed at a Pattaya guesthouse but the owner did not inform authorities of its guests’ identity within 24 hours as required.

Five people, including the bomber himself, were injured in Tuesday’s blasts after three explosions went off in Bangkok’s bustling Ekkamai neighbourhood.

Police chief General Prewpan Dhamapong said the target was Israeli diplomats. One of the suspects was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Another gang member was arrested by Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur.

Governor Khomsan Ekacha has asked all hotel and guesthouse owners to cooperate with tourist police to ensure order and safety.

Pol Maj Gen Chamnong Rattanakul, chief of Chon Buri police suggested that hoteliers have closed circuit cameras installed throughout the hotels and that they train their maids to be watchful for any sign of suspicious activities.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry said the number of foreign countries issuing travel alert for Thailand remained at 14.

Read more: NNT

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