23 Feb '12, 4am

Bomb plot shows gaps in Thailand's security

Bomb plot shows gaps in Thailand's security

BANGKOK: A bungled bomb plot by Iranian suspects in Bangkok has highlighted Thailand's vulnerability to terrorist attacks, experts say, even as authorities in the kingdom play down the threat. The tourist magnet is seen as a soft target because of the easy entry it grants to foreign visitors as part of efforts to boost the economy. While the alleged plot to kill Israeli diplomats in the Thai capital was unsuccessful, it only came to light because of a series of apparently accidental explosions which rocked a residential neighbourhood on February 14. Thai officials have denied the blasts -- which came a month after the United States warned of a terror strike in the capital -- were a terrorist incident on the basis that individuals rather than the general public were the targets. The explosions came a month after police found a large amount of chemicals in a house near Bangk...

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