| GEO World|
| US urges travelers to avoid Bangkok|
| Updated at: 0356 PST, Friday, April 30, 2010|
WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday urged its citizens to stay away from Bangkok after deadly grenade attacks, warning that more violence was possible in Thailand's political crisis.
"Due to escalating violence in central Bangkok, all US citizens should avoid non-essential travel to Bangkok," the State Department said, upgrading a travel alert issued two days earlier.
Grenade attacks late Thursday left three people dead and scores wounded inside the business hub of the Thai capital.
"The possibility of more such attacks cannot be ruled out," the State Department said. Several European nations have issued similar warnings.
While the US travel alert pertained to Bangkok, the State Department urged travelers to exercise caution in provincial areas, warning that protesters could take to other parts of the kingdom if dispersed in the capital.
The United States earlier condemned the violence and urged all sides to exercise restraint.