25 Jan '11, 12am

Thai police said they arrested a team of 5 men armed with explosives, a day after a 'Red Shirt' rally

BANGKOK - THAI police said they arrested a team of five men armed with explosives on Monday after a tip-off that bomb attacks were planned near the seat of government in Bangkok. The detentions came a day after a rally by anti-government 'Red Shirt' protesters and a day ahead of a rival, royalist 'Yellow Shirt' demonstration due to be held in the same part of the capital. 'The police were tipped off that there would be bomb attacks near Government House,' said Police Major General Prawut Thavornsiri. 'A team was arrested - a man with two home-made explosives, and after further investigation another four men with three rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), an RPG launcher and 34 M79 grenades,' he said. The first man was found near Government House while the later arrests were made at a house in Bangkok, he added. Police General Asawin Kwanmeaung said they thought the men 'wante...

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