January 03, 2007

On New Year's Eve, at least eight coordinated bomb blasts killed three and wounded dozens of people in Bangkok, Thailand, prompting the government to station troops at the airport and train and bus stations. The Thai government blamed the attacks on supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was overthrown in a bloodless coup in September. (Thaksin denied involvement in a letter to supporters.) A statement on the website of the United States Embassy in Thailand reads: "The Department of State advises all American Citizens residing in or traveling to Bangkok to continue to monitor events closely, to remain indoors when possible, to avoid any large public gatherings and to exercise discretion when moving about Bangkok."