Bomb scare sparks panic at army-run TV station

Bomb scare sparks panic at army-run TV station

A portable fire extinguisher tank left among shrubs at the entrance to an army-run TV station caused a brief panic yesterday.

The area was cleared and a police bomb disposal squad rushed to the scene, TV Channel 5 in Bangkok.

Pol Col Torkiat Prombut, the Din Daeng police chief, said the tank was found to be empty.

CCTV footage showed a man leaving it among the plants, and police were looking to track him down and find out why he did it.

The incident followed army commander-in-chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong's speech on Friday railing against politicians, academics and "old communist elements" he said were trying to undermine the country's security and the high institution.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon yesterday ruled out any political links between the army commander's comments and the object found outside Channel 5 TV station.

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