The Canadian government joined the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand in issuing the travel advisory Sunday. Authorities are urging Canadians already in the Thai capital to use caution and avoid crowds and busy congested areas.
The warning comes after three people were killed and 38 others were injured in a string of coordinated explosions in Bangkok. Nine bombs exploded across the capital late Sunday and early Monday, prompting local officials to cancel massive New Year’s celebrations.
There has so far been no claim of responsibility. These bombings come after a year of unrest in the country, including a Muslim insurgency in the south and a military coup three months ago.
National deputy police chief Gen. Ajirawit Suphanaphesat says he doesn’t believe Muslim insurgents are responsible for the blasts. Some believe supporters of the former Thai regime are to blame.
“Similar explosions may occur in the following days,” says the advisory posted on the Foreign Affairs department’s website.
Canadians concerned about relatives in Thailand can call Foreign Affairs at 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885.
For more information on the travel advisory, click here.
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