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Coup rumours scare office workers

Companies and government agencies yesterday sent their employees home early for security reasons as coup rumours swirled.

A worker at Ogilvy & Matter (Thailand) told nation ' target='_blank'> The nation that all employees were instructed to clear the office by 4pm. Further directions would be delivered to them by SMS today.

Education Ministry officials rushed home following intensified speculation a coup was imminent. Most of them left at 2.30pm after Education Minister Srimuang Charoensiri issued an urgent order to allow them to go home.

DTAC's head office issued a statement saying it was closing until the situation returns to normal. A worker said management allowed employees to return home because there was an explosion near the building in the morning.

The office was also closed on Wednesday after a taxi community radio station located on Vibhavadi Soi 3, near DTAC's building, was attacked with bombs and gunfire earlier in the day.

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