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Aug 18, 2015

Bangkok bomb: Video shows suspect slip off backpack by Erawan Shrine minutes before explosion

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CCTV video footage has been released showing the moment the suspect linked to the Bangkok bombing in which at least 22 people have been killed slips off his backpack in the area just minutes before the explosion occurs.

The video footage, posted to Facebook by Thai news agency Thairath, shows an unidentified man in a yellow t-shirt and a carrying a backpack walk through the crowds at the Ratchaprasong road junction in the centre of the city. He proceeds to slip off his backpack on a bench by the Hindu Erawan Shrine, before departing.

A timestamp on the CCTV video marks the incident as taking place at 6:40pm local time, just 20 minutes before the bomb exploded. 22 people are reported to have been killed in the attack with another 123 people believed to be in hospital injured.

The video comes after Thai police released their first images of the same suspect. That man was carrying a backpack and walked past the scene at the time of the incident. But we need to look at the before and after CCTV footage to see if there is a link, National police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said.

Poompanmoung added that the bomb was made with a pipe wrapped in cloth and weighed 3kg. Nobody has claimed credit for the attack.

On 18 August, an explosive was tossed at Bangkoks central Sathorn pier, a main tourist boat depot, but it bounced into the water causing no injuries or damage.


Bangkok bomb: Explosive thrown at Sathorn pier causes panic [Video]

By   August 18, 2015 09:21 BST  Updated 11 hr ago
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An explosive has been thrown at Bangkok’s central Sathorn pier, a main tourist boat depot, but it bounced into the water before detonating, causing no injuries or damage. CCTV video from 18 August showed the small grenade tossed over the river and exploding in the water while people fled the scene. Police closed Sathorn Road to traffic from the pier to the Saphan Taksin BTS station.

ภาพจากกล้องวงจรปิด วินาทีระเบิดท่าเรือสาทร ช่วง 13.00 น. ที่ผ่านมา เบื้องต้นไร้ผู้บาดเจ็บ-เสียชีวิตขอบคุณคลิปวิดีโอ : อาสาแจ้งข่าว

Posted by Thairath on Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The incident comes after a bomb at the popular Erawan shrine in central Bangkok killed at least 22 people, including eight foreigners from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia, and injured hundreds more. The bomb was detonated at about 19:00 local time (12:00 GMT) on 17 August, at a time when the shrine and the Ratchaprasong intersection was crowded. Police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said the bomb was made with a pipe wrapped in cloth and weighed 3kg. Nobody has claimed credit for the attack.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said the authorities are hunting for a suspect seen on closed circuit television footage near the scene of the bombing. “Today there is a suspect who appeared on CCTV but it’s not clear… we are looking for this guy,” he said, adding that the suspect is believed to be from an “anti-government group based in Thailand’s north east.”

Prayuth said that a “war room” will be set up to co-ordinate the government’s response to the bombing, according to the Nation TV channel. Thailand’s north east is the heartland of the country’s anti-coup Red Shirt movement. Prayuth described the bombing as “the worst ever attack” on the country.

 

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