Police team to investigate M79 attacks

The Royal Thai Police Office has appointed Pol Lt Gen Winai Thongsong, an assistant police chief, to form a special panel to investigate the M79 grenade attacks at several protest sites over the past month and prevent further attacks.

Pol Col Vichayakor Nichabovorn, deputy police spokeswoman, said Pol Lt Gen Winai would appoint four  teams  -- an investigation team, forensic science team, explosives verifying team and explosive experts team. They would be tasked to prevent further such incidents at protest sites, and investigate and arrest the attackers.

She said national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew had also ordered a faster response to entering areas where bomb attacks were reported, and that the mobile teams must carefuly prove their case and also seek  cooperation from the public.

The move follows repeated attacks on protest rally sites in Bangkok, the latest on Thursday night at Chaeng Wattana road against the site occupied by anti-government protest leader Luang Pu Buddha Issara and his supporters.

On Wednesday night, four M79 grenades were fired at the Royal Thai Police Sports Club, where the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) is based, and the adjacent Thai PBS television station on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road. There were no injuries.

Earlier in the week, M79 grenades were fired at the Democrat Party headquarters, the Civil and Appeal courts, and a gas station near the CMPO.

A fatal M79 grenade explosion at Ratchaprasong intersection last Sunday afternoon killed three people,  including two young children going shopping with their aunty, and injured 21 other people.

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Discussion 1 : 01/03/2014 at 03:54 AM
It looks like the police are jockeying for position. Maybe they know eventually that the PM will be impeached with various high profile ministers and they have now decided to investigate these cases to protect there jobs. These should have been investigated from the outset but if they do eventually arrest the people responsible for all these attacks, including the ones paying then I suppose its would be a case of better late than never.
Discussion 2 : 28/02/2014 at 11:10 PM
While there is a specific nomenclature for the various grenades fired from a M79 grenade launcher (there are about 20 or more of them), it is perfectly acceptable usage to refer to these projectiles as "M79 grenades".
Discussion 3 : 28/02/2014 at 05:14 PM
"Police team to investigate M79 attacks" - Am I reading this correctly? Is this 'news' report really telling us that the police have finally decided to find out what's happening when there are big loud noises and people get hurt near the protest sites? This cannot be a case of making a decision whether or not to act. This is NORMAL police work. An attack on citizens SHOULD be followed by a SWIFT police response! Announcing one month AFTER the event that 'we're going to get serious' is disgusting, but a perfect indication of how biased, toothless and uncaring the Thai police are!
Discussion 4 : 28/02/2014 at 04:40 PM
So The Royal Thai Police have decided to take swift action... after grenade attacks over the past MONTH.
Discussion 5 : 28/02/2014 at 04:37 PM
There are no such things as M79 grenades.

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