Taiwan calls on travellers to Thailand to be on high alert

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday called on its citizens planning to visit Thailand to be on high alert in the wake of a recent bombing incident in Bangkok.

In a released statement, MOFA said two small bombs exploded outside a luxury shopping mall in Bangkok last Sunday, slightly injuring two people.

According to foreign media reports, the bombs caused little damage but were the first to shake the Thai capital since the military seized power in May, ending months of sometimes deadly street protests.

MOFA urged Taiwanese nationals to stay on the alert in the wake of the incident.

The Thai military has taken control of the government and suspended the constitution in order to restore order and enact political reforms, following a coup in May 2014.

Thailand now remains under martial law and the junta says a general election is at least a year away.

MOFA's warning came a week before the long Lunar New Year break is scheduled to begin next week, when many Taiwanese people travel overseas.

Thailand is one of the top travel destinations for Taiwanese tourists. More than half a million nationals visited the Southeast Asian country in 2013.