Sabotage attempt in Ayutthaya

Twin power poles in Ayutthaya province have been damaged in bomb attacks police say were linked to the ongoing political turmoil, especially Saturday’s violent clashes in Bangkok which left scores killed and wounded.

Of the eight legs on the two 44metretall poles, one was blown off by C4 explosives while another two legs were damaged. A second pack of explosives wrapped around one leg was defused by police bomb disposal units.

Provincial Electricity Authority officials said many poles could have collapsed in a chain reaction if the twin poles had been brought down, possibly causing power blackouts in parts of Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi and property damage estimated at Bt200 million.

The defused bomb did not explode because the alarm clockenabled detonator failed. Each pack contained around 1.5 pounds of C4 explosives.

Loud explosions were heard by local residents on Sunday night but no one noticed the damage until yesterday morning. The poles are located at the 5152 km markers of Phaholyothin Road in Bang Pain district.

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