Bangkok blast: Duo face three charges

BANGKOK, Two men who planted a bomb at the sidewalk, near the Royal Thai Police headquarters, a day before the recent series of bombings in Bangkok are facing three charges, including attempted murder.

Assistant to the National Police Chief and lead investigator, Lt Gen Suwat Changyodsuk said the two men from Narathiwat, southern Thailand faced charges of illegal possession of explosives and involvement in organised crime.

He said the two suspects had criminal records involving a car bomb attack and marine port blast in Narathiwat, southern Thailand years back.

The two are among 15 people from a network connected to the series of explosions and arson in Bangkok.

However, we believe some of them have left the country. We have information. We will hunt them down, he said at a press conference, here, today.

Last Friday, police found nine bombs, including unexploded devices, at five locations in the capital city after several small explosions left four people injured while Bangkok was hosting the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

Suwat said the police investigation revealed that it was a professional and well-organised network that was behind the series of bombings and arson.

Meanwhile, Royal Thai Police chief, Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda said police were in the process of determining the origin of the bombs.

It could be from the south (southern Thailand) or it could have been assembled in Bangkok. However, the blasts did not intend to cause fatalities. These were to create chaos, he said.

Chakthip said police found that four of the nine explosive devices had a similar format, adding that the series of explosions and arson might be linked to politics.

About 80 to 90 per cent of bombing cases in the country were linked to politics, he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)