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Hunt for men behind palace attack

Arrest warrants will soon be obtained for two suspects believed to be behind a grenade attack on Suan Pakkad Palace in Bangkok - a property associated with Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra, who is also deputy Democrat leader.

The attack, which took place at 9.45pm on Thursday night, hurt nobody but damaged a vehicle inside the six-rai compound. Some trees were also damaged.

Pol General Ake Angsananont said yesterday those responsible for the attack may have also been responsible for the grenade attack on Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva's home on Tuesday.

"Behavioural patterns and the type of grenades used in both cases are similar," Ake, a deputy national police chief, said.

The two assailants, who rode on a motorbike, have not been identified as both wore safety helmets. But there is camera footage of them entering the area. Ake said the request for arrest warrants was being processed by the Criminal Court.

He said the pin for the US-made M-26 grenade used in the attack was also found at the scene, though the serial number on it had been scraped off. Footage shows the second man lobbing the grenade in a military-like fashion.

Ake said both the military and the police use these grenades.

Meanwhile, Suan Pakkad Palace, located on Ayutthaya Road, was open to visitors as usual yesterday. The property, which serves as a museum, is owned Sukhumbhand's relatives.


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