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Deaths of two men in blast linked to political strife : police

An ongoing investigation suggests that bomb blasts in Bangkok's Min Buri district on Saturday were related to intensifying political violence.

One of the explosions killed two men, who were believed to have carried the explosives at the time they went off.

National Police Commissioner Gen Adul Saengsingkaew said yesterday there were grounds to believe that the incidents had a political link.

"I have already instructed Assistant National Police Commissioner Lt Gen Winai Thongsong to urgently look into the cases," Adul said.

Police have also strictly manned checkpoints, he said, in a bid to prevent or at least reduce violence during the ongoing political crisis.

Metropolitan Police Division 3 commander Maj Gen Sukhun Prommayon said the two men killed in one of the blasts on Saturday had lived in a rented house. He said available evidence and witnesses' statements had proved useful to ongoing inquiries.

"But we can't disclose details at this point," he said.


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