Published: January 1st 2007January 1st 2007
Thammasat University has two campuses. This is a photo of "Bryan's" building at Rangsit Campus.
Entry 54 - Bangkok Bombs
Miranda and I went out for dinner at about 7:00 pm on New Year's Eve to a small restaurant about five minutes from Wendy House. As we were ordering our meal, a young Thai man asked me if he could take the remote control off my table and change the television station from "New Year's celebrations" to a news program.
When I asked why, he said that some bombs had gone off in Bangkok in four different areas and he wanted to follow the story. By the time we had finished supper, six bombs had reportedly exploded. There were varying reports as to the number of people killed and injured.
Our Swedish friend, Lisa, informed us about the cancellation of New Year celebrations. As we walked towards Siam Square, the streets were empty. I stayed downstairs at Wendy House and talked to the people who were gathering, as their party plans had been changed.
Apparently, two more bombs went off at midnight. These bombs would have killed many people, but luckily the streets were now almost deserted.
Miranda and I went to bed early, but were
Bryan at Thammasat before the New Year's Holiday.
awakened by my mother who was calling long distance from Canada to see how we were. She told us that the attacks were mostly small explosive devices placed in rubbish bins and phone booths. In one incident a grenade was tossed from an overhead bridge.
Most people believe that the bombs were planted by Islamic terrorists, but the government will not admit it because they are worried about a backlash.
We also heard that bombs were planted in the tourist areas of Khao San Road and Lumpini Night Bazaar. Apparently they were found and diffused.
Links: Islam's War on Thailand The 21st Century: War Without End Bangkok Bombs Deaths
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