FCO warns Britons against visiting Thailand following bomb attacks

Published on : Saturday, August 13, 2016

Officials investigate at the scene of bomb blasts in the tourist beach town of Patong on Phuket island, Thailand in this still image from video August 12, 2016.   REUTERS/Reuters TV - RTSMU9Q

Bomb blasts at Hua Hin and Phuket have claimed the lives of four people and injured numerous others in Thailand on Thursday.


The Thailand police have been set on high alert following these bomb attacks after they had exploded in Trang and Hua Hin on Thursday, and Surat Thani and Hua Hin the next day.


It is believed that separatist insurgents have conducted these bomb blasts although nobody has claimed responsibility for these attacks. According to Thai police officials, the attacks are not a consequence of Islamist or international terrorism.


Piyapan Pingmuang, the national police deputy spokesperson said that the bomb blasts are not due to any terrorist attacks but simply local sabotage in certain provinces and regions. The FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) has asked Britons to avoid travelling to Thailand, particularly to the regions of Songkhla, Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani that are based on the border of Malaysia-Thailand.


As per the website of FCO, Britons are advised to be extremely cautious while travelling within Thailand and avoid public places, apart from adhering to the advice of local authorities. FCO also said that they are in regular contact with the local authorities of Thailand and are making attempts to find out more information  about the safety in that part of the world.


The FCO has also said that Thailand has a great threat of terrorism. There have nee incidents of bombing, including the bomb explosion that had occurred on 17th August, 2015 that killed many people. Among the casualties reported was the death of a British national.


Therefore, it has urged Britons to follow the local media reports regularly while they are in Thailand.


In addition, the government of Australia has also asked travellers in Thailand to be very careful and vigilant about their surroundings. It has said that Thailand might have a greater amount of security and certain restrictions on travel.


The Australian government has asked its citizens to steer clear of crowded areas, keep track of the local news and stick to the instructions of the local authorities of Thailand.


Every year, the Britons end up making over one million trips to Thailand. And, most of these trips are trouble-free.


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