Connect with us


Hunt for Bangkok bombers begins

Legacy Phuket Gazette




– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

Hunt for Bangkok bombers begins
The Nation / Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Security will be heightened across the country following double explosions in Bangkok’s shopping district on Sunday night as police hunt for at least two culprits believed to have been recorded on surveillance cameras.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan implied yesterday that martial law would need to be retained following the incident – the first case of blasts in the capital since the coup last May.

“I have ordered security to be tightened because this case involves the well-being of the people,” the prime minister told reporters before leaving for Nakhon Ratchasima province yesterday. “There are still bad people disrupting the peace. We must find ways to severely punish them.”

Prawit, meanwhile, warned of stepped up security across the country. “We will strictly enforce security across the country. We need to have high security checks in some areas,” he said.

“We can’t say for now who is behind this. It could be people who have bad intentions, or are linked to politics or people who think differently,” the defence minister said.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday that the government would still need martial law to maintain peace even if the Sunday’s blasts did not happen.

The business sector, meanwhile, voiced concern yesterday over possible impacts on investor confidence and tourism. They called for an explanation from the authorities as to why such an incident took place at a time the country was under martial law.

Police investigators did not rule out politics or terrorism as possible motives for the incident, national police chief Pol General Somyot Poompanmoung said yesterday.

The two bombs exploded on an elevated walkway connecting the BTS Siam station and the upscale Siam Paragon shopping mall. Two people were slightly hurt.

The two devices, detonated with a digital wristwatch, were timed to explode about 30 seconds apart, Somyot said.

Security-camera footage showed two possible suspects near where the pipe bombs exploded but police have not identified them.

Deputy national police chief Pol General Jakthip Chaichinda said investigators believed at least two people were responsible for planting the bombs, adding that they expected to cause injuries or even deaths.

Orange bag left before blast

CCTV footage showed the suspects left an orange bag at a spot before an explosion, he said.

Jakthip said he expected police to issue arrest warrants for the two suspects this week. He added that about 90 per cent of bomb attacks in Bangkok were politically motivated although it remained unclear if that was the case for the latest incident.

Both police and the military yesterday condemned the attack, deemed to be aimed at innocent people.

An academic warned of increased violence and described the incident on Sunday as a move to test the junta’s power following the recent verdict by the National Legislative Assembly to impeach former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political science lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, yesterday expressed his concerns over the incident.

“The bomb is in defiance of martial law and military rule. It is the first event to break the post-coup calm and stability,” he told The Nation.

“It coincides with the consequent tension from Yingluck’s impeachment. It is likely to exacerbate the situation,” he said.

Panitan Wattanayagorn, an adviser to Prawit, said he expected martial law to still be in place following the incident.

“According to the deputy premier, there will be no changes in the use of martial law at the moment,” he said in an interview.

As for Prayut’s reaction, Panitan said the premier had been informed about the drama since very beginning and had ordered authorities in charge to investigate.

— Phuket Gazette Editors


Want more from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Leave a comment below or join the discussion on Thaiger Talk Forums.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Bangkok. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand26 mins ago

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says drug suppression should to be a national priority

Thailand1 hour ago

Purchases of fancy street lamps being investigated for possible corruption

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand News Today | BKK parks re-open… nearly, tropical storm, airport security upgrade | June 14

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Thailand2 hours ago

Missing fisherman’s body found in sea off Nakhon Si Thammarat

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

CCSA: We’re out of vaccines

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Ayutthaya hospital to test all staff for Covid after 18 test positive

Thailand3 hours ago

13 teenagers arrested in Chon Buri for partying, gathering

Crime3 hours ago

Crime Suppression Division seizes dozens of illegal firearms in a series of raids

Crime4 hours ago

Marijuana valued at 10 million baht seized in Nakhon Phanom, 2 arrested

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 3,355 new cases, provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Almost 100% of teachers and staff vaccinated in Bangkok

Thailand6 hours ago

Almost 8 million register for stimulus scheme, app briefly goes down

Best of6 hours ago

Top 5 best temples in Bangkok

Thailand6 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | What’s happening in Pattaya, Phuket sandbox, reopening for tourism

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

25 vaccination sites put on hold in Bangkok

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8