A closed circuit TV camera footage reveals what is believed to be the precise moment the bomb that ripped a Hindu shrine in Bangkok on Monday night was planted.
Suspect in video carrying backpack and plastic bag
The video shows an unidentified man – wearing a yellow T-shirt, baggy denim shorts and wrist bands – carrying a backpack and a plastic bag. It was first published on the Khaosod Thai news website.
The video was captured 20 minutes before the bomb exploded, killing 22 people – from China, Hong Kong, the UK, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore – and wounding more than 100.
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‘The yellow shirt guy’ ‘is the bomber’
Authorities were searching for the suspect in the CCTV camera footage, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said at the news conference.
“From this incident, it is apparent that there are active individuals or groups that harbor the intention to damage Thailand, who may be pursuing political gain or other intentions by damaging the economy and tourism,” Prime Minister Chan-ocha said.
“The yellow shirt guy is not just the suspect. He is the bomber,” Police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri said.
Paramedic Marko Cunningham, who responded to the site after the attack, said the scene was “absolutely horrific.”
“I’ve seen a lot, but I’ve never seen injuries as vicious as these injuries,” he said, as reported by CNN. “So many bones were broken.”
Joseph Liow, a senior fellow at the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies, said, “It is by far the most devastating attack that Bangkok has seen — or Thailand has seen, for that matter — as far as I can remember.”
Thai government spokesman Maj Gen Weerachon Sukhontapatipak said that while the authorities were “quite close” to identifying the suspect – who he said did not seem Thai – other leads were also being considered. Sukhontapatipak further added that Monday’s bombing was “quite different” from previous attacks by insurgents in the south of the country.
The shrine was reopened for public access Wednesday morning.
Suvarnabhumi Airport and parts of Chonburi Province, to the southeast of the capital, were being investigated, Prawut said.
According to ABC News, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, though the authorities have not dismissed involvement of any insurgent group.
Bangkok Bombing second explosion
Another explosion was heard Tuesday at a pier on the Chao Phraya River, after a bomb was thrown toward the pier by someone riding on a motorcycle. The bomb fell into the water, and no injuries were reported.
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