Samui Airport tightens security measures after bomb blast

Samui Airport tightens security measures after bomb blast

Samui Airport under the management of Bangkok Airways has tightened security to ensure utmost safety and convenience for passengers, following the car bomb last night.

Nutchayathorn Nutsudanijvipa, Samui Airport director, said: "Samui Airport has leveled up its security alert since April 10 in accordance with the recent incident."

All vehicles entering airport's premises and parking areas are thoroughly checked. Parking close to airport buildings and overnight parking is temporarily prohibited.

Beside 24-hour CCTV monitoring, the number of security personnel has been increased to monitor the airport's premises and the surrounding areas, especially the airport's terminals.

Additionally, Samui Airport in collaboration with local government agencies including the police and military force with K9 units screen passenger baggage before entering airport terminals. The airport has alerted and advised all airlines to strictly follow these procedures.

"These applied measures will ensure the passengers the highest security orders implemented by the airport. Moreover, an Emergency Control Unit has been set up at the airport to assist passengers with information and advice. At present, Samui Airport is operating as normal,"added Nutchayathorn.

Car used in Samui bomb attack lost in Yala

Fourth Army Area Command Lt Gen Prakarn Chonlayut said the car used in the car bomb attack at the Central Samui department store late Friday night had been registered as being lost in Yala.

Prakarn said the authorities were trying to figure out how the car had been smuggled from Yala.

Prakarn said he could not yet confirm that the attack was carried out by Muslim insurgents from te deep South.

Meanwhile, Col Banphot Poolpian, spokesman of the Internal Security Operations Command, said certain insurgents from the deep South might be hired to carry out attacks in Surat Thani.

Apart from the Samui attack, He was also referring to a fire at the Surat Thani Cooperative.

He said the ISOC has not receive any information that the southern insurgents would carry out attacks beyond the boundary of the three southern provinces. But, he said, it was possible that some of them might be hired by someone, who might have other motives, to carry out the attacks.

Panitan Wattanayagorn an advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, said yesterday that the authorities have gathered a lot of information and evidences related to the car bomb attack.

Panitan said the attack was definitely not done by local people.

He said the authorities would not take a long time to pinpoint the attacker.

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