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Rocket Hits Bangkok El Al Offices

Wed Dec 05, 2001 8:10 pm

Last update - 11:33 05/12/2001
By Reuters

BANGKOK - An anti-tank rocket struck a Bangkok building housing the office of El Al Israel Airlines on Wednesday, but police said the incident appeared unrelated to the conflict in the Middle East.

Police said no one was killed or injured in the blast and that security had been stepped up at the Israeli embassy in as a precaution.

Bangkok Police Chief Anan Piromkaeu told reporters that an unidentified assailant fired an M72 anti-tank rocket, which hit and damaged the Tesco Lotus supermarket before exploding in a nearby building housing El Al's offices at 6.30 a.m. (2330 GMT Tuesday).

Israeli embassy security officials at the scene said they were investigating the attack, but declined to comment. El Al staff could not be reached on Wednesday, as the office was closed for the king's birthday public holiday.

The rocket grazed the Tesco supermarket and exploded on the fourth floor of the Manorom Building on Rama IV road in which El Al has a ticketing office on the 14th floor, shattering windows.

"It looks like an intimidating act," Anan said. "Police believe that it involved a business conflict."

He said police found the rocket's launch mechanism on the ground near the Tesco store and were investigating the possibility the rocket was aimed at the supermarket and had overshot its mark.

Another police officer told a Reuters reporter at the scene that police believed the rocket was aimed at the Tesco store.

"We don't know yet, but we think the Tesco Lotus department store was the target," the officer said. "We have had trouble with bombings at some of the Tesco stores before."

Local radio stations speculated that the attack may have been the result of a dispute between security companies contracted by the store.


What the hell???
 
schreiner
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RE: Rocket Hits Bangkok El Al Offices

Wed Dec 05, 2001 8:12 pm

Not good.... not good... What's going on in this world...

:-(

Soaring the internet...
 
TCA256
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RE: Rocket Hits Bangkok El Al Offices

Wed Dec 05, 2001 8:42 pm

Well, Thailand is supposed to be a "good friend" of
Israel in Asia and I've never heard about resentments
there...I definitely think it's not directly linked to
the current crisis in the Middle-East, well, I hope so...!
 
carmy
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RE: Rocket Hits Bangkok El Al Offices

Wed Dec 05, 2001 8:44 pm

Awful.. read about it on CNN awhile ago. Good thing there wasn't anyone injured or anything. As anyone who lives or has ever been to BKK would tell youRama IV road is usually pretty crowded. How anyone could use a rocket to hit the El Al office is really kinda amazing.
 
Guest

RE: Rocket Hits Bangkok El Al Offices

Wed Dec 05, 2001 8:50 pm

it's not sure wether El-Al was the target of this attack;

more worrisome was the discovery of an anti-tank missile launcher near Prague airport's runway a few weeks ago. Again, the potential target remains unclear, but some "unidentified source" said that the missile was meant to attack an El-Al plane landing at Prague (possibly with Shimon Peres onboard).
 
Guest

RE: Rocket Hits Bangkok El Al Offices

Wed Dec 05, 2001 9:05 pm

Definitely sounds like the supermarket was the target; probably a 'protection racket' thing of which there's plenty going on in BKK!!
 
jwenting
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RE: Rocket Hits Bangkok El Al Offices

Wed Dec 05, 2001 9:18 pm

"anti-globalisation" groups. Those idiots are also getting ever more millitant. Killing a policeman in Italy was apparently not enough...
I wish I were flying
 
carmy
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RE: Rocket Hits Bangkok El Al Offices

Wed Dec 05, 2001 9:19 pm

I don't think that's a very fair statement, Celidh. BKK is a pretty safe city, and there is heavy police presence in most places. In fact, the place with the most tourists, Kho Phanan near Phuket, is also the place with the highest crime rate in Thailand. And to top it all off, most of those caught for crime are tourists. So yeah, these inccidents are kind of isolated, and I don't think there's a lot of this "protection racket" going on.
 
Guest

RE: Rocket Hits Bangkok El Al Offices

Wed Dec 05, 2001 9:28 pm

This was formerly the Lotus supermarket group owned by the CP family who own the biggest group of companies in Thailand. Tesco bought them out in 1999 for 120 Million USD and 80 Million debt.

The store that was seemingly the target of the attack includes the supermarket together with a Swensons, Pizza Hut, KFC, Blockbusters etc.

Intimidation by 'security' companies (often organised crime fronts) is common in BKK. As in Russia, they create a security problem and offer to 'solve' it - for a suitably large fee.
 
TCA256
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RE: Rocket Hits Bangkok El Al Offices

Wed Dec 05, 2001 10:33 pm

Ceilidh,

You might be true on one hand but on the other, the modus operandi of a rocket launcher isn't something very usual in Thailand or elsewhere in the world....even
for racketting shop owners!

By the way, Carmy is right also...a lot of tourists in
Thailand really needs to be chartered home
considering the very bad way they behave there!
 
Guest

RE: Rocket Hits Bangkok El Al Offices

Wed Dec 05, 2001 11:18 pm

Tca256 - no arguments with you there!! To many tourists go there for the sex ... not enough for the culture.  Sad

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