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Ramkhamhaeng bomber: No southern insurgency links

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In Narathiwat police arrested second suspect in Soi Ramkhamhaeng 43 bombing. Business conflict likely reason for bombing. 

The site of the Ramkhamhaeng bombing and the suspect who was arrested today in Narathiwat.

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Arrested Bangkok bomb suspect 'no insurgency connections'

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A suspect in the bombing at Soi Ramkhamhaeng 43/1 in Bangkok on May 26 was arrested in Muang district of Narathiwat province late Monday night, Pol Maj Gen Suchart Theerasawat, deputy chief of the Southern Border Provinces Police Operations Centre, said on Tuesday.

He said the man, Idris Satapo, 24, was not linked in any way to the southern insurgency.

Pol Maj Gen Suchart said a 30-strong police team raided House No 18 at village 10 in tambon Khok Khian in Muang district about 11.30pm Monday.

They arrested Mr Idris, a suspect in the Ramkhamhaeng bombing that wounded seven people and destroyed two stores and a dozen street vendors' stalls on the night of May 26.

The officer said the arrest of Mr Idris was made on information from Kampee Lateh, a suspect who was arrested earlier.

Mr Idris had confessed he was one of those who placed the bomb in Soi Ramkhamhaeng 43/1, according to police.

He was being taken to Bangkok for further questioning, Pol Maj Gen Suchart said.

Supreme Commander Thanasak Patimapakorn said the Ramkhamhaeng bombing was not connected to the continuing unrest in Thailand's deep South. The arrested bomb suspect was not a southern insurgent.

"The bombing was likely the result of a business conflict," Gen Thanasak said

Police chief Adul Saengsingkaew said Mr Idris was one of the four suspects in the Ramkhamhaeng bombing.

"This group of suspects are not linked to the Runda Kumpalan Kecil (RKK) or other southern insurgent groups. They don't have criminal records or warrants out for their arrest," Pol Gen Adul said.

He said the improvised bomb that exploded at Ramkhamhaeng, at the entry to the market, was not the same as those used in the far South.

The blast was likely connected to disputes between vendors over selling spaces, the national police chief added.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said he believed the bomb blast in Ramkhamhaeng was politically motivated,

Mr Chalerm said the arrest of Mr Idris would surely boost public confidence in the police force.

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut called on the government to quickly find out the truth behind the Ramkhamhaeng bombing and clearly explain it to the public.

If it was at all connected to the southern unrest this could mean that the insurgents wanted to expand their activities to the capital of Thailand. If this turned out to be true the country's economy and investment atmosphere would be affected, Mr Chavanond said. 

(Source: Bangkok Post, CRIME, Arrested Bangkok bomb suspect 'no insurgency connections', Online Reporters, link


Bombing Vocabulary

a bomb - ระเบิด
a bombing - การทิ้งระเบิด

explode - blow up, burst ระเบิด ทำให้ระเบิด
the bomb exploded


explosion - การระเบิด

blast - Same as "explosion"
bomb blast

insurgency - people fighting against the government กบฎ, การก่อความไม่สงบ, การก่อการกำเริบ
Southern insurgency

insurgent - someone who belongs to a group of people fighting to take control of their country or area by force กลุ่มกบฏ
southern insurgent

link
- connected เชื่อมโยง เกี่ยวกับ
not linked to

connections - links
no insurgency connections

not linked in any way to
not linked in any way to the southern insurgency

suspect - a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
suspect arrested
bomb suspect

arrest  - when a person is accused of a crime and put in jail or is let free on bail, imprisonment จับ, การจับกุม
arrest bomb suspect
arrest made on information from ....

Arrested Bangkok bomb suspect 'no insurgency connections'

He said the man, Idris Satapo, 24, was not linked in any way to the southern insurgency

raid - when police or soldiers enter by force
a 30-strong police team raided the house

Pol Maj Gen Suchart said a 30-strong police team raided House No 18 at village 10 in tambon Khok Khian in Muang district about 11.30pm Monday

wounded - injured, especially where your skin or flesh is damaged, usually seriously บาดเจ็บ
the bombing that wounded seven people

stalls - large tables or small shops with an open front from which goods are sold in a public place แผงขายของ

They arrested Mr Idris, a suspect in the Ramkhamhaeng bombing that wounded seven people and destroyed two stores and a dozen street vendors' stalls on the night of May 26.

officer - police officer

The officer said the arrest of Mr Idris was made on information from Kampee Lateh, a suspect who was arrested earlier.

confess - when a criminal tells the police they did a crime (admit guilt)

Mr Idris had confessed he was one of those who placed the bomb in Soi Ramkhamhaeng 43/1, according to police.

questioning - when the police ask suspects and witnesses of a crime who see crime happen) questions
further questioning

He was being taken to Bangkok for further questioning, Pol Maj Gen Suchart said.

Supreme Commander Thanasak Patimapakorn said the Ramkhamhaeng bombing was not connected to the continuing unrest in Thailand's deep South. The arrested bomb suspect was not a southern insurgent.

conflict - an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง ความไม่ลงรอยกัน
business conflict

The bombing was likely the result of a business conflict.

suspects - people who may have committed the crime, identified by the police ผู้ต้องสงสัย
suspects in the bombing

Police chief Adul Saengsingkaew said Mr Idris was one of the four suspects iin the Ramkhamhaeng bombing.

records - pieces of information describing something written down or stored on a computer บันทึุก
have a criminal record - be a known criminal; been found to be guilty by a court of law of crimes in the past 

arrest warrant - permission from a court to arrest someone หมายจับ
warrants out for their arrest

This group of suspects are not linked to the Runda Kumpalan Kecil (RKK) or other southern insurgent groups. They don't have criminal records or warrants out for their arrest.

improvise - to not plan a lot before doing something แสดงโดยไม่ได้เตรียมมาก่อน, แต่งทันทีโดยไม่ได้เตรียม
the improvised bomb 

He said the improvised bomb that exploded at Ramkhamhaeng, at the entry to the market, was not the same as those used in the far South.

disputes - fights, same as "conflict"
selling spaces - the area in a market where someone has a little store and sells things
disputes over selling spaces

vendors - sellers พ่อค้าแม่่ค้า people who sell things, e.g., food or newspapers, usually outside on the street
disputes between vendors over selling spaces

The blast was likely connected to disputes between vendors over selling spaces, the national police chief added.

blast - to make a very loud and unpleasant noise เปิดเสียงดังมากๆ
bomb blast

motivated - done for a particular reason มีแรงจูงใจ ถูกโน้มน้าวใจ
politically motivated

the deputy PM believed the bomb blast was politically motivated

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said he believed the bomb blast in Ramkhamhaeng was politically motivated,

the police force - the police organization in an area

confidence -  feel sure about something; trusting and believing in something ความมั่นใจ ความเชื่อมั่น
public confidence
public confidence in the police force

boost - to increase; to strengthen เพิ่ม; ทำให้มีกำลังมากขึ้น ทำให้มีกำลังมากขึ้น
boost public confidence
boost public confidence in the police force

Mr Chalerm said the arrest of Mr Idris would surely boost public confidence in the police force.

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut called on the government to quickly find out the truth behind the Ramkhamhaeng bombing and clearly explain it to the public.

expand - to become larger ขายตัวออกไป
expand activities

capital - the main city for government in a country
the capital of Thailand

the insurgents wanted to expand their activities to the capital of Thailand

If it was at all connected to the southern unrest this could mean that the insurgents wanted to expand their activities to the capital of Thailand.

turned out to be true - in the end after many events passed it was true

investment - taking your money and putting it into projects to make a profit or earn interest (buying stock shares, bonds, real estate)
atmosphere - the mood or feeling that exists in a place บรรยากาศ
investment atmosphere

If this turned out to be true the country's economy and investment atmosphere would be affected, Mr Chavanond said. 

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