Thai authorities had intelligence of pending attacks - police chief

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BANGKOK, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Thai authorities had intelligence about imminent attacks ahead of a series of bombings in southern Thailand in recent days, but did not have precise information on when and where the attacks would come, the national police chief said on Friday.

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In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, photo, the injured are helped after a bomb blast in the southern resort city of Hua Hin, 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Bangkok, Thailand. Police are investigating a series of bomb blasts in Hua Hin and other cities in Thailand. (Daily News via AP)
In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, photo, an injured person is helped after a bomb blast in the southern resort city of Hua Hin, 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Bangkok, Thailand. Police are investigating a series of bomb blasts in Hua Hin and other cities in Thailand. (Daily News via AP)
In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, photo, rescue workers help an unidentified woman after a bomb blast in the southern resort city of Hua Hin, 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Bangkok, Thailand. Police are investigating a series of bomb blasts in Hua Hin and other cities in Thailand. (Daily News via AP)
Officials check the scene after bomb blasts in the southern province of Surat Thani, Thailand in this still image from video August 12, 2016. REUTERS/Reuters TV
HUA HIN, THAILAND - AUGUST 12: traces of blood are seen at the site of an explosion on Friday, August 12, 2016 in Hua Hin, Thailand. A series of coordinated blasts across Southern Thailand including Hua Hin and Phuket killing at least four people and injured dozens over the last 24 hours. According to reports, no group has claimed the attacks but suspicion has fallen on separatist insurgents.. (Photo by Dario Pignatelli/Getty Images)
Andrea Tazzioli, 51, from Italy, poses for a photograph in San Paulo Hospital in the tourist city of Hua Hin, Thailand on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Tazzioli was fetching his own birthday cake, when he was injured in a bomb blast overnight. A wave of coordinated explosions rattled multiple cities across southern Thailand, killing at least four people and wounding dozens more, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Penny Yi Wang)
Police look at bags of evidence collected from scenes after two bomb blasts in the southern province of Surat Thani, Thailand in this still image from video August 12, 2016. REUTERS/Reuters TV
A piece of debris found at the scene after two bomb blasts in the southern province of Surat Thani, Thailand in seen this still image from video August 12, 2016. REUTERS/Reuters TV
A shoe found near a damaged wall is seen after bomb blasts in the southern province of Surat Thani, Thailand in this still image from video August 12, 2016. REUTERS/Reuters TV
Police raise their hands as they check the scene after two bomb blasts in the southern province of Surat Thani, Thailand in this still image from video August 12, 2016. REUTERS/Reuters TV
The remains of a tree pot, at the site of one of two bomb blasts which occurred on August 11, 2016, in Hua Hin, south of Bangkok, Thailand, in this still image taken from video August 12, 2016. REUTERS/REUTERS TV
A damaged public telephone booth is seen at the site of a bomb blast in Hua Hin, south of Bangkok, Thailand, in this still image taken from video August 12, 2016. REUTERS/REUTERS TV
HUA HIN, THAILAND - AUGUST 12: Thai police officers stand at the site of an explosion on Friday, August 12, 2016 in Hua Hin, Thailand. A series of coordinated blasts across Southern Thailand including Hua Hin and Phuket killing at least four people and injured dozens over the last 24 hours. According to reports, no group has claimed the attacks but suspicion has fallen on separatist insurgents.. (Photo by Dario Pignatelli/Getty Images)
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Improvised explosive devices and firebombs were used in the attacks in seven provinces of Thailand from Aug. 7 to Aug. 12, Jaktip Chaijinda told reporters in Bangkok on Friday.

Four people have died and 32 were wounded in the attacks, he said. (Reporting by Orathai Sriring and Kitiphong Thaichareon Writing by Simon Webb. Editing by Bill Tarrant.)

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