Bangkok blasts suspects plotted in ‘neighbouring country’, says Thailand

Thailand’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit inspects a suspicious object hidden on a footpath on Silom Road in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 2, after several bombs explode in the capital city. – EPA pic, August 14, 2019.

THAI police believe the suspects in a series of bombings in Bangkok on August 2 had hatched their plans in a “neighbouring country”, said Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.

He said investigations revealed that some of the suspects had fled to the neighbouring country after the explosions. 

“We believe there are more suspects. However, they fled to a neighbouring country.

“The police will coordinate with their counterparts (in the neighbouring country),” he told a press conference here today.

He did not name the neighbouring country.

He said the police are making progress in their investigations and should be given time to do their job.

Meanwhile, police spokesman Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said four suspects in custody were today charged with arson, illegal possession of explosives and involvement in organised crime.

So far, six men have been charged in connection with the Bangkok bombings.  

On August 8, two men were charged with attempted murder, illegal possession of explosives and involvement in organised crime. 

The two men, from Narathiwat, southern Thailand, are suspected of planting a bomb on the sidewalk near the Royal Thai Police headquarters a day before a series of blasts went off in Bangkok on August 2.

The suspects are believed to be part of a network of 15 people connected to several cases of explosions and arson in Bangkok.

On August 2, police found nine bombs, some of them unexploded, at five locations in the capital city after several small explosions left four people injured while Bangkok was hosting the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. – Bernama, August 14, 2019. 

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