Grenade Blast Damages Thailand Bank: Police

BANGKOK — A grenade exploded in Bangkok outside a branch of Thailand's biggest bank Saturday, police said, a day after a court verdict against deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra sparked a security alert.

BANGKOK — A grenade exploded in Bangkok outside a branch of Thailand's biggest bank Saturday, police said, a day after a court verdict against deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra sparked a security alert.


The blast shattered the windows and doors of the Bangkok Bank branch in the Silom business district but there were no casualties, Metropolitan police spokesman Major General Piya Uthay told AFP.

A second, unexploded grenade was found at another Bangkok Bank branch in the capital and removed by police, Piya said.

Thai authorities said earlier Saturday they were on high alert after the Supreme Court a day earlier confiscated 1.4 billion dollars of Thaksin's fortune for abuse of power.


Hundreds of protesters from the Red Shirt movement loyal to Thaksin surrounded Bangkok Bank's headquarters one week before the verdict, forcing it to close for the day.

They said the bank has links to chief royal adviser and former prime minister Prem Tinsulanonda, whom they accuse of masterminding the 2006 military coup that toppled Thaksin.


On February 14 Thai police defused a bomb near the Supreme Court while a grenade exploded near government offices. Police have not made any arrests yet in connection with the incidents.

Thaksin and his supporters have vowed to fight back against Friday's verdict and the Red Shirts have said they will hold a mass rally in Bangkok in mid-March, although they have promised that their campaign will be non-violent.

Source: AFP