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Khon Kaen monk arrested, disrobed after bomb threat

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A monk in the northeastern province of Khon Khaen has been arrested and disrobed after giving false information to police. The monk called the 191 emergency line and stated that a bomb had been placed inside a hotel. He later claimed that the information was to make officers “more aware.”

Police arrested 30 year old monk “Santisuk” in the province’s Wang Yai district. He was disrobed and stripped of his monkhood after the arrest.

Police say they received an urgent call on the 191 emergency line on Monday, claimingthere was a bomb inside a local hotel. They investigated the hotel, searching inside and out, but no bomb was found.

The security guard at the hotel says he didn’t see anyone or anything suspicious on the day, and that it was possible that the call was a prank intended to scare people. The call was traced back to Santisuk, who claimed that “over-excitement” made him commit the crime.

Santisuk confessed to calling 191, saying he intended to make the police “more aware,” and claimed he used to be in the military. He will be prosecuted according to law.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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