Thailand Police issues arrest warrant against three suspects in Bangkok blasts; charges include arson, illegal possession of explosives

Thai authorities issued arrest warrants on Tuesday for three more suspects linked to bomb attacks as Bangkok hosted a diplomatic meeting last month.

Reuters August 20, 2019 18:00:51 IST
Thailand Police issues arrest warrant against three suspects in Bangkok blasts; charges include arson, illegal possession of explosives
  • Thailand authorities issued arrest warrants on Tuesday for three more suspects linked to bomb attacks as the capital hosted a diplomatic meeting last month.

  • Warrants are for three suspects are on charges of organised crime, arson, causing an explosion and illegal possession of explosives, said deputy police spokesman

  • Six small bombs and six incendiary devices went off on 2 August as the foreign ministers of Southeast Asian nations met in Bangkok

Bangkok: Thailand authorities issued arrest warrants on Tuesday for three more suspects linked to bomb attacks as the capital hosted a diplomatic meeting last month, raising the number of suspects still sought by police to seven.

Thailand Police issues arrest warrant against three suspects in Bangkok blasts charges include arson illegal possession of explosives

Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officers work following a small explosion at a site in Bangkok. Reuters

Six small bombs and six incendiary devices went off on 2 August as the foreign ministers of Southeast Asian nations met in Bangkok, an event also attended by diplomats from China, the United States and other world powers.

Four people were wounded in the coordinated attacks and police have linked either to political issues or a long-running insurgency in Thailand’s Malay-Muslim dominated south.

 Tuesday’s warrants are for three suspects on charges of organized crime, arson, causing an explosion and illegal possession of explosives, said deputy police spokesman Krisana Pattanacharoen.

“All the suspects are from the deep south,” he said, referring to the region where an insurgency has killed 7,000 people since 2004.

Police last week issued warrants for four other suspects who remain at large despite a ฿100,000 ($3,245) reward for information leading to their arrests.

Authorities detained two men on 2 August accused of planting fake bombs in front of Bangkok police headquarters before the coordinated attacks. The two have ties to the insurgency, police said, and were the subject of arrest warrants issued two weeks ago.

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