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Security stepped up in Samui – Photo ID needed to enter Central Festival Car Park

Since the car bomb explosion security in Koh Samui has been stepped up. Those now wishing to use the car park at Central Festival Plaza in Chaweng will only gain entry by providing photo ID. Police are strictly checking visitors on all ferry piers to Samui and are scanning every person and car coming onto and leaving the island.

Samui Provincial Police commander Pol Maj General Apichart Bunsiriroj said that sniffer dogs and Explosive Ordnance Disposal officials were on standby to carry out check at all piers to Koh Samui. Several island residents have reported having their cars searched for bombs at Makro.

According to a report in the Nation, Defense Ministry spokesman Maj General Kongsheep Tantrawanit said that the car bomb was masterminded by people who have lost power and wanted to destroy the Songrkan atmosphere along with the country’s image and economy.

In response to the comment from the People’s Democratic Reform Committee Chief Suthep Thaugsuban that only a person who lived abroad could have funded the bomb, Kongsheep said that he believed that as he did not think that Thai’s would hurt one another because of different ideologies.

According to national police chief Pol General Somyos Pumpanmuang, the police who analyzed the car bomb believe that the motive of the perpetrators was to instigate turmoil and likened it to the blast in Ramkhamhaeng in 2013.

Six people suspected of being involved in the Samui car bomb are being held at a Vibhavadi Rangsit camp, pending interrogation by military officials from Surat Thani

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