It now seems possible that the main suspect in last evening’s blast was killed, probably while putting together a bomb. More bomb-making material was found in his room.
Samarn Metta Mansion after an explosion ripped through the first and second floors of the five-storey building in Nonthaburi’s Bang Bua Thong district last night. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
Much more information is coming out this morning on last evening’s bomb blast. It now seems certain that the suspect, Samai Wongsuwan, was killed in the blast, probably while putting together a bomb. More bomb-making material was found in the room. People now suspect Mr Samai might have been involved in several bomb attacks in the city. He was apparently working with two other people whose whereabouts are still unknown.
Three dead, nine injured in blast
Suspect believed to be Chiang Mai man
Police are looking to question a Chiang Mai man following an explosion last night at a five-storey apartment in Nonthaburi which killed at least three people and injured nine others.
A source at the Crime Suppression Division said Room 202 at Samarn Metta Mansion, where the blast is believed to have occurred, was rented to Samai Wongsuwan from Hang Dong district in Chiang Mai.
Another police source said it was believed Mr Samai had driven a car from Chiang Mai and left it on April 5 in the parking lot of Poseidon massage parlour on Ratchadaphisek Road, where it later exploded.
Investigators will hold talks today at the Police Region 1 headquarters to try to come up with a motive for the planting of the explosive in the apartment.
The powerful bomb, which was detonated at 6pm, ripped through the first and second floors of the apartment block in Thipsuwan housing estate off Bangkruai-Sai Noi road in Nonthaburi’s Bang Bua Thong district.
Pol Lt Col Kamthorn Ouicharoen, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s explosive ordnance disposal squad, said the bomb probably weighed more than 10 kilogrammes.
The building belongs to Saman Boonprasert, 54, who was supervising the decoration of the ground floor of his home next door when the bomb went off. His wife Issara said he was among the injured.
The force of the blast can be clearly seen in this photo. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
The explosion caused extensive damage to the building’s interior and nearby shophouses, townhouses and vehicles.
Investigators assisted by a team of military bomb disposal experts sealed the area around the building as they scoured the scene for evidence to determine the cause of the explosion.
The bodies of three victims were found inside the building. Police identified one as Apirak Sajjabanyongkij, 20, a grilled-egg vendor.
The nine injured were rushed to Bang Bua Thong and Phra Nangklao hospitals, an Emergency Medical Institute spokesman said.
Seven who were slightly injured were discharged after receiving treatment.
Two others being treated at Phra Nangklao were in a serious condition, including a seven-year-old boy, Nitiphong Phoonoo. His skull was fractured after being hit by bomb shrapnel.
The other victim, Weerasak Anuphan, 38, broke the upper part of his thighbone.
The bomb went off just hours after the cabinet announced Bangkok and its three surrounding provinces of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan would remain under emergency rule for another three months.
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suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
blast – an explosion การระเบิด
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
whereabouts – where someone is ที่อยู่,สถานที่,ตำแหน่งที่
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
suppression – stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity การปราบปราม
investigator – someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something, especially a crime or accident ตำรวจฝ่ายสอบสวนคดีอาชญากรรม
headquarters – the place where an organisation or company has its main offices กองบัญชาการ
motive – a reason for doing something แรงจูงใจ
plant – (of an explosive) to hide in a place where it can be exploded ฝัง
detonate – to cause to explode ทำให้ระเบิด
rip – to tear something quickly and with a lot of force ฉีก, กรีด, ตัด
ordnance – military supplies, especially weapons, missiles, and bombs
(bomb) disposal – getting rid of bombs or making bombs harmless
squad – a small group of police or soldiers who do a particular job หน่วยพิเศษ
supervise – to be in charge of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly ดูแล ควบคุม
decoration – the activity of adding things to make something look nicer and more attractive การตกแต่ง
extensive – in large amounts; covering a wide area อย่างกว้างขวาง
interior – the inside of something ภายใน
seal – to prevent people from entering an area or a building ปิดกั้น
scour – to search a place or document thoroughly for something ค้นหา, ตรวจหา
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
determine – to discover something by examining evidence to or calculate something กำหนด, ระบุ, แสดงผล
victim – someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
identify – to specify who someone is ระบุชื่อ
discharge – to allow someone officially to leave somewhere, especially a hospital or a court of law ได้รับอนุญาตให้ออกจาก
treatment – the process of providing medical care การรักษา
skull – the bones of the head กระโหลกศีรษะ
fracture – a break or crack in something hard, especially a bone การแตก (โดยเฉพาะกระดูก)
shrapnel – small pieces of metal that fly out of a bomb or bullet when it explodes เศษ กระสุนดาวกระจาย,กระสุนลูกแตก,เศษกระสุน
thigh – the top part of your leg, above your knee ต้นขา
cabinet – the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy คณะรัฐมนตรี
surroundings – the area around something บริเวณโดยรอบ
emergency rule – a situation where the government takes on special powers in a dangerous situation and the rights of the people are often limited in some way การปกครองภายใต้การประกาศภาวะฉุกเฉิน
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