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Thai police on the lookout after grenades, AK-47 found on Bangkok bus

Published on Aug 5, 2012 8:44 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai police said on Sunday they were looking for the owner of a bag left on a public bus in Bangkok with an AK-47 assault rifle, more than 200 bullets, 10 hand grenades and five mines inside.

The owner is thought to have fled when the bus broke down on the outskirts of the capital after developing mechanical problems near the end of its journey from northeast Thailand, the authorities said. Police said it was unclear where the arms were destined.

"We are investigating and searching" for the owner, said Police Colonel Kamthorn Ouicharoen.

Thailand has seen a number of grenade attacks in the past linked to political violence and personal disputes, while gun and bomb attacks are common in the kingdom's insurgency-plagued deep south.