The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ordered to security to be boosted at major tourist areas in the country in the wake of the warning, which was leaked to the public on Monday (Oct 10).
Deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul confirmed on Monday that police had received intelligence about possible attacks in three locations during Oct 25-30 in the capital and nearby provinces.
Gen Srivara said authorities are on alert and have been told to step up both surveillance as well as intelligence operations.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that he was verifying the security warning and reporters should not exaggerate them. (See story here.)
Royal Thai Police Commander Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda confirmed that police have stepped up security measures nationwide, especially at major airports, as requested by Airports of Thailand (AOT) President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn.
Security has been increased at airports all six major airports operated by AoT:
- Suvarnabhumi Airport
- Don Mueang International Airport
- Phuket International Airport
- Chiang Mai International Airport
- Hat Yai International Airport
- Mae Fah Luang–Chiang Rai International Airport
Security at all six airports is now at “Level 3+”, Mr Nitinai said, though security at Phuket Airport has been officially at the same level since the Erawan Shrine bombing in Augusta last year.
“Random checks on baggage passing through the airport have been increased , and we have the EOD (bomb-disposal) team and CCTV on watch on 24-hour standby to cover the whole area in the airport,” Mr Nitinai said.
“Police and local officials are on standby for a co-ordinated response to any potential emergency situation. We are also working with intelligence provided by the Office of the National Security Council,” he said.
Mr Nitinai urged people to report anything suspicious to the nearest airport staffer or by calling airport security at 1722.