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Police Defuse Bomb Near Thai Prime Minister's Home


Police in Thailand have detained a man they say was preparing a car bomb attack near Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's home.

Authorities say the man, believed to an army lieutenant, was arrested Thursday after he parked a vehicle near Mr. Thaksin's home in Bangkok.

Officials say they found explosives and fertilizer that can be combined to make a larger bomb. Police safely deactivated the explosives.

The incident happened as the first official day of campaigning kicked off for a general election re-run to be held October 15th.

The Thai leader dissolved Parliament and called elections in April, after weeks of demonstrations, accusing him of corruption and calling for his resignation. The opposition boycotted the vote, however, and the courts later ruled the election was illegal.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters

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