Date
25 March 2017
An image released by the Thai police shows a sketch of the main suspect in Monday's deadly blast in central Bangkok. Authorities believe the man did not act alone. Credit: Reuters
An image released by the Thai police shows a sketch of the main suspect in Monday's deadly blast in central Bangkok. Authorities believe the man did not act alone. Credit: Reuters

Thai police believe Bangkok shrine attacker ‘part of network’

The bomb attack at a central Bangkok shrine Monday that killed 20 people was carried out by a “network”, Thailand’s national police chief said on Wednesday.

Police have released a sketch of the main suspect, a man in a yellow T-shirt who was filmed by security cameras leaving a backpack at the Erawan shrine.

“He didn’t do it alone for sure,” Police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said. “It’s a network.” 

He didn’t give further information, but police later said two other people seen on CCTV were being treated as suspects, BBC reported.

Although the main suspect in the footage has not been identified, an arrest warrant for him has been issued by Bangkok’s Southern Criminal Court.

It accuses an “unnamed foreigner” of conspiracy to commit “premeditated murder” and weapons offences.

Police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said in a TV interview that the man could be of “mixed origin”.

A reward of one million baht (US$28,000) has been offered for information leading to his arrest.

Prawut also said that two other men seen in the grainy CCTV footage were being sought. 

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, meanwhile, urged the main suspect to surrender to the police because he might otherwise “get killed to stop him from talking”.

Prayuth, who has described Monday’s bombing as the worst-ever attack on Thailand, told reporters that the man must have been hired to plant the bomb.

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RC

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