24 August 2015
DO YOU STILL PLAN TO GO FOR A BANGKOK HOLIDAY?
Thailand police deactivate bomb found in Bangkok house
Thai police have found and deactivated a bomb in capital Bangkok today http://tdy.sg/1LsaVtq
Thai police deactivate bomb in Bangkok house
BANGKOK – Thai police said on Monday that they had found and deactivated a bomb in the capital Bangkok, a week after an explosion killed 20 people in the city.
“We received reports this afternoon of a bomb in Sukhumvit 81. I went to check and found a wide bomb,” Kamthorn Aucharoen, commander of the police’s explosive ordance team, told Reuters, referring to a road off of one of Bangkok’s main thoroughfares.
“It was left in the house of a construction worker,” he said. “We have deactivated the bomb and will destroy it.”
20 August 2015
BANGKOK: Thailand’s police chief said on Thursday (Aug 20) at least 10 people were suspected of involvement in a bomb attack in Bangkok this week that killed 20 people, more than half of them foreigners.
“It is a big network. There was preparation using many people,” police chief Somyot Poompanmuang told reporters.
“This includes those who looked out on the streets, prepared the bomb and those at the site and those who knew the escape route,” he said. “There must have been at least 10 people involved.”
BANGKOK: Thailand has asked Interpol for help in tracking down the man they believe planted a bomb in Bangkok that killed 20 people, sending the international police organisation an image of the suspected bomber.
The military government was initially reluctant in asking for outside help in the investigation of the blast at a famous shrine on Monday evening that killed 20 people and wounded scores.
“We sent a request for assistance,” deputy national police spokesman Kissana Phathancharoen told Reuters.
There has been no claim of responsibility and police have not determined a motive for the worst ever bomb attack in Thailand.
Police suspect the young man caught in grainy footage leaving a backpack at the crowded shrine shortly before the explosion is foreign but Kissana said Thai police were not focused on any particular country or region with their appeal to Interpol.
“We basically sent in the modus operandi (of the suspect) and also the appearance of the suspect we’re looking for,” Kissana added.
19 August 2015
Thai police release sketch of Bangkok bomb suspect
1 million baht ($28,000) reward has been offered to anyone who can give police information leading to his arrest.
The sketch shows a fair-skinned man with thick, medium-length black hair, a wispy beard and black glasses. It was unclear whether the man was Thai or a foreigner.
Australian English teacher Sunny Burns was wrongly fingered by some as Bangkok Blast suspect.
Australian English teacher Sunny Burns was wrongly fingered by some as
#BangkokBlast suspect. Says he spoke to police
Thai sleuths narrow focus on alleged Bangkok bomber’s yellow shirt http://dlvr.it/Btnjqy
…”The yellow shirt guy is not just the suspect. He is the bomber,” Police Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri, a police spokesman, told the Associated Press.As soon as the image of the alleged bomber was posted online, Internet users didn’t take long to zero in on where one could find the shirt the suspect is wearing: an Indonesian clothing shop and corresponding website called Amaranthine Fashion.
พบร้านที่ขายเสื้อนี้เเล้วครับ ร้านนี้อยู่ที่จาการ์ต้า ประเทศอินโดนีเซียครับ
Jl Prof Dr Satrio ITC Kuningan Lantai 1 Blok D3 No 5 – 6, Kuningan – Jakarta Selatan.
(Credit: you Shania)
JL Prof Dr Satrio Iro Brass Floor 1 Block D3 No 5-6, Brass-Jakarta Selatan.
The sleuthing followed a call to action by Thais on Twitter and Facebook to share any video or photos taken Monday around the shrine at the time of the bombing to possibly help uncover clues in the bombing. It was a move reminiscent of similar online sleuthing following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
As in the Boston case, social media lit up with speculation about the man’s identity and ethnicity, often contradicting one another.
And, like in Boston, there’s already been at least one case of mistaken identity — an Australian actor says it wasn’t him and turned himself into Bangkok police to prove it.
只是和兇嫌長相神似，Sunny burns正協助警方調查，澄清並非疑犯… http://bit.ly/1IZDEor
DANGER STILL LIES AT HAND!
Second Explosion Hits Pier In Bangkok, Police Say No One Hurt
Was it aimed at a tourist boat?
4:50PM Aug 18, 2015
Explosive thrown from bridge over river in Bangkok
Explosive thrown from bridge over river in Bangkok, no injuries http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/309027
A man threw a small explosive from a bridge in central Bangkok today, police said, but it caused no injuries, a day after a bomb at a city shrine killed 22 people, including nine foreigners.
The unidentified man threw the explosive near a busy pier on the city’s Chao Phraya river and it landed in a canal, said Colonel Natakit Siriwongtawan, deputy police chief of Klongsan district.
“If it did not fall in the water then it certainly would have caused injuries,” he said.
Seven in the family went, 4 died
BUTTRWORTH: Seven Malaysian victims involved in the Bangkok bomb blast are from the same family.
The family has been informed that four of the seven have died.
Businessman Visen Lim Gim Seong, 46, a close friend of the family, said they were supposed to return on Tuesday.
He said he has known the family for over 10 years ago as they were neighbours.
The other remaining family members were too distraught and refused to speak to reporters.
Breaking: updated death toll from
#BangkokBlast via Thai police. Grim details of unidentified bodies
The blast, near a shrine at the Rajprasong intersection, was caused by a bomb. The place was the center of many contentious political demonstrations in recent years. It appeared to have occurred in front of the Erawan Shrine, a tourist landmark also popular with Thais.
(Nicole Rebecca Seah Xue Ling was a Singaporean politician and National Solidarity Party candidate for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency in the 2011 Singaporean general election.)
Singaporeans in Bangkok, please also note that local Thai news has reported the following areas as high-risk to avoid or be extra vigilant where possible:
1. Ratchaprasong junction (area of blast, Centralworld, Siam)
2. Pathumwan junction (MBK)
3. Silom road (Sala Daeng)
4. Khao San
5. Narathiwat junction (Sathorn, CBD)
6. Victory Monument
7. Chai Building
8. Benjasiri park
9. Thonglor (Funky Villa, DEMO, Sukhumvit soi 55)
10. Tourist sections of Sukhumvit Road (Main areas of Asok, Nana, Phrom Pong, Thonglor)
Please stay safe and remember to register your details with the Singapore Embassy.
SINGAPORE: Singaporeans are among those injured in an explosion in Bangkok, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday (Aug 17).
Thai police later confirmed that a Singaporean woman was among those killed in the blast. Channel NewsAsia understands that the woman’s next-of-kin are on their way to Bangkok to identify the body.
Embassy staff are rendering consular assistance to the affected Singaporeans, and they are in contact with the Thai authorities to check if there are more Singaporeans affected in the incident, said MFA in a statement. The Ministry said it is also contacting registered Singaporeans based in Bangkok.
2 Malaysians dead: Lim Saw Gek and her son, Neoh Jai Jun.
2 Malaysians injured: Tan Rui Hun and Tan Kim Siok. Tan Rui Hun being treated at Hua Chiew Hospital while Tan Kim Siok has been discharged.
1 Thailand says can’t rule out any group for Bangkok bomb, death toll at 22.
2 Thai PM says looking for “suspect” seen in CCTV footage at blast site.
BANGKOK – Thai authorities have not ruled out any group, including elements opposed to the military government, for a bomb blast in Bangkok that killed 22 people, but officials said the bombing did not match tactics used by insurgents in the south.
“Police are not ruling out anything including (Thai) politics and the conflict of ethnic Uighurs who, before this, Thailand sent back to China,” National Police Chief Somyot Pumpanmuang told reporters.
#BangkokBlast death toll: 2 Malaysia, 2 Chinese, 2 Hong Kong, 1 Singapore, 5 Thailand, 8 unidentified: Thai police
Tuesday August 18, 2015 MYT 9:05:35 AM
Two Malaysians killed in Bangkok blast
BANGKOK: Two Malaysians have been confirmed to be among at least 16 people killed in a bomb blast in central Bangkok which also injured dozens others.
The Malaysian fatalities were confirmed by a Malaysian embassy official in the Thai capital.
UPDATE: 2 Malaysians were amongst those killed in the
#BangkokBlast last night. More: http://hype.my/bangkokblast-large-explosion-rocks-central-bangkok-intersection/ …
Eric Manatoris retweeted 7 News Melbourne
Crazy pictures from
Eric Manatoris added,
Five Taiwanese injured in
#Bangkokblast http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201508170035.aspx …
Tourist video of moment Bangkok bomb explodes.
#BangkokBlast https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/29283320/deadly-bomb-explodes-outside-hindu-shrine-in-bangkok/ …
#HKFP Two Hongkongers dead, six injured in #BangkokBlast https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/08/18/two-hongkongers-dead-six-injured-in-bangkok-blast/ …
Alarm tinged with a sense of deja vu for foreigners after
#BangkokBlast – my latest @AFP piece http://news.yahoo.com/shock-deja-vu-foreigners-thai-blast-204758012.html;_ylt=AwrXnCeShdJVPj0AygDQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByb2lvbXVuBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg– …
Foreigners expressed alarm tinged with a sense of deja vu after a bomb tore through central Bangkok on Monday night in a devastating return of violence to the “Land of Smiles”.
At least 19 people have been killed by the blast — including one Chinese and one Philippine national — while more than 120 have been wounded, many of them tourists who were visiting a popular religious shrine that was the target of the attack.
Whoever laid the device would have known the blast would kill and maim both locals and tourists alike, dealing a further blow to an already struggling economy where tourism has been one of the few bright spots.
Since 2006 Bangkok has witnessed repeated rounds of deadly violence, flanked by two coups which have seen the military claim the streets.
But until Monday foreigners had rarely been caught up in the bloodshed.
The shrine sits at the foot of the five-star Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel and is surrounded by a string of large hotels and malls that draw tens of thousands of visitors each day.
By late Monday evening the normally thronging skywalk connecting those shopping centres was virtually abandoned while the streets below filled with police officers and soldiers manning checkpoints.
“It saddens me a lot because the Thais are beautiful people and they’re tearing themselves apart for no particular reason at all,” said Michael Williams, a 69-year-old Briton who regularly vists the country, speculating that politics was the motive for the attack.
“It won’t stop me coming to Thailand, but I’m sure it will damage the Thai economy because people are scared to go anywhere,” he told AFP, as he stood outside a hotel close to a police cordon.
“People will definitely think twice about coming to Thailand now,” he added.
Thailand’s defence minister has said those who planted a bomb at a Bangkok shrine deliberately targeted foreigners to harm tourism and the economy.
Prawit Wongsuwan vowed to hunt down the perpetrators of the attack in the capital, which killed at least 21 people and injured more than 120.
At least 27 people have died and dozens more have been injured in an motorcycle bomb explosion in central Bangkok.
What we know
The attack occurred during the evening rush hour at a busy intersection near the holy Erawan Shrine, a Hindu site popular with both Thais and foreign tourists.
A police spokesperson told Reuters that the incident involved a motorcycle bomb and at least one other bomb in the vicinity has been successfully diffused by authorities. A third bomb has also been found nearby.
What we don’t know
- The identity of the attacker(s) behind the bombing and their motivation
- The identities of the victims
- It has been reported that several foreign nationals are reported to be among the dead
#BANGKOK BLAST: • 1 bomb exploded • 2 defused • 15 dead • 80 injured • Mostly tourists • possible terror related
Bangkok blast: A second bomb has been detonated
TODAY retweeted Bangkok Post
Bangkok blast: A second bomb has been detonated, reports Bangkok Post http://tdy.sg/1MtyLGJ
Bomb blast rocks major Bangkok intersection, 5 dead, 20 injured
Bomb blast rocks major Bangkok intersection, 12 reported dead http://tdy.sg/1MtyLGJ
*This story is developing
BANGKOK — A bomb exploded in the centre of the Thai capital today (Aug 17), police said. At least 12 people were killed reported Reuters, citing police and a rescue worker.
Earlier media reports said five people were killed and 20 wounded.
The blast, near a shrine at the Rajprasong intersection, was caused by a bomb, police chief Prawut Thawornsiri said. The bomb could have been hidden in a motorcycle, Bangkok Post reported, quoting Lumphini police.
The explosion site was the center of many contentious political demonstrations in recent years. It appeared to have occurred in front of the Erawan Shrine, a tourist landmark also popular with Thais.
Sources: Reuters, Bangkok Post, AP
Bangkok bomb: Explosion close to Erawan shrine kills at least 12 people – latest updates
Reports of at least 25 injured and 12 reportedly killed after a bomb exploded at the Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok. Follow the latest developments here
There are reports that among the casualties could be foreign tourists. Some media reports suggest the death toll has reached 15 but this is unconfirmed.
Although we are not yet aware of the details of the attack, no group or individual has claimed it.
Oliver Smith, Telegraph Travel’s Digital Editor, warns that the timing is bad for the country’s tourism industry.
“The explosion is likely to raise concerns about the safety of tourists in the city and the timing is particularly bad for Thailand’s tourism industry. The country is popular among backpackers and winter sun seekers, and the bombing comes as many Britons are returning from their summer holidays and starting to think about a winter break.
Area of Bangkok sealed off due to active bomb, Thai police tell CNN at site of earlier explosion near Erawan Shrine: http://cnn.it/1NnBaUa