| GEO World|
| Australia warns citizens to avoid Thailand|
| Updated at: 0438 PST, Friday, April 23, 2010|
SYDNEY: Australia on Friday urged citizens to reconsider any plans to travel to Thailand, warning of further violence after an Australian was injured in escalating political clashes in Bangkok.
The foreign affairs department issued the travel warning as it confirmed that a 26-year-old Australian was hospitalised after being wounded in a grenade blast in an elevated railway station late Thursday.
"We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Thailand due to the recent deterioration in the security environment caused by widening political unrest and civil disorder," the advisory said.
"There is a strong possibility of renewed violent clashes in Bangkok between demonstrators and security forces.
"These clashes could involve the use of lethal force and could occur at any time," it said, warning Australians to stay away from protest sites in the Thai capital.
Australian Benjamin Rowse from Melbourne was injured in a grenade blast in a Skytrain station and was recovering in hospital from minor injuries, a foreign affairs spokeswoman said.