“After the explosion in Bangkok, we thought it best to show and explain to people what to be on the lookout for, including water pipes modified into explosive devices,” said Col Teerapol Thipjaroen, Deputy Commander of Phuket Provincial Police.
Col Teerapol presented a modified water pipe as his example improvised explosive device (IED), which he said was suspected as similar to the type of device that might have been used in the Ratchaprasong bombing and the failed bomb attack at the Sathorn Pier, both in Bangkok.
The “device” presented was galvanised section of water pipe 10-inches long and 4-inch wide, and sealed at both ends.
“However, modified explosives can be in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, not just water pipes. They can be in a bag, box, fire extinguisher or even a doll,” he said.
“If anyone sees something that seems to be suspiciously in the wrong place, or suspiciously modified, they should call the police immediately at Tel: 191.
“Phuket is a tourism destination and attracts many tourists. Please, keep an eye out for anything suspicious, and it is much easier to stay safe when everyone is aware and working together to keep an eye out for danger,” Col Teerapol said.