Police release footage of suspect in Bangkok bombing
A Thai police spokesman said a man wearing a yellow T-shirt and carrying a backpack is a suspect in the blast that killed at least 20 people and injured 140 at a shrine in downtown Bangkok on Monday, the Associated Press reports.
Police Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri earlier released several photos of the man, with and without the backpack, that were apparently taken from closed-circuit video at the Erawan Shrine, before the bomb exploded near a busy intersection.
It came as a second explosion hit the city Tuesday, although this time there were no reports of casualties. Police Senior Sgt. Maj. Worapong Boonthawee told the AP that an explosive device was thrown from a bridge on Tuesday afternoon and blew up at a ferry pier after falling into the river below. He said nobody was killed or injured. No person or group has claimed responsibility for either blast.
Monday’s blast, from an improvised explosive device, took place around 7 p.m. local time near the shrine, a Hindu religious site popular with Thai Buddhists and Chinese tourists. It is located in a bustling area. Thailand’s prime minister vowed to track down those responsible.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said ”some suspects” were seen in security-camera footage, and described the incident as the worst attack in the country’s history.
“(In the past) there have been minor bombs or just noise, but this time they aimed for innocent lives. They want to destroy our economy, our tourism,” he said. according to the AP.
He said he believed Facebook messages apparently warning of an imminent danger to Bangkok before the blast came from an “anti-government group” based in the northeast of the country, Agence France-Presse reported.