Suspect linked to Samui, Hua Hin bombings

Suspect linked to Samui, Hua Hin bombings

Court grants warrants for three suspects

Captured on CCTV the afternoon of the Mother's Day bombs in Hua Hin, this man now is Thailand's Most Wanted after police linked him to last year's Koh Samui mall bomb as well. (Courtesy Royal Thai Police, via Post Today)
Captured on CCTV the afternoon of the Mother's Day bombs in Hua Hin, this man now is Thailand's Most Wanted after police linked him to last year's Koh Samui mall bomb as well. (Courtesy Royal Thai Police, via Post Today)

Police believe a man named in a new arrest warrant for deadly explosions in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Hua Hin this month was also involved in the car bombing in Surat Thani's Samui resort island last year.

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Samui, Hua Hin blasts 'linked'

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Police believe a man named in a new arrest warrant for deadly explosions in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Hua Hin this month was also involved in the car bombing in Surat Thani's Samui resort island last year.

Deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul was speaking Monday just as the Military Court at the 15th Military Circle in Phetchaburi approved an arrest warrant against Asameen Gatem-madee, a Pattani resident.

Mr Asameen faces charges of possessing explosive devices and attempted arson attacks. Pol Gen Srivara said the suspect is also wanted under a warrant approved in May last year by the Koh Samui provincial court for premeditated murder, possessing bombs and causing explosions which harm others.

Seven people, including a 12-year-old Italian girl, were wounded as the explosion damaged about 10 vehicles in the basement car park of Central Festival Samui on the resort island on April 10 last year.

He also faces a separate charge of violating the emergency decree under the warrant approved by the Yala court in April last year.

Implicated in the Samui bombing, the suspect appears to be skilled in launching attacks designed to cause sabotage, the deputy police chief said.

Three perpetrators were believed to be behind the Hua Hin bombings, which killed two and injured dozens in central Hua Hin, he said.

The attacks were among the series of bomb and arson attacks in seven provinces on Aug 11-12. Images of the trio were captured on CCTV cameras.

Rusalan Baima, a Songkhla resident, is also believed to be one of the three suspects, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

Work is under way to identify another suspect, Pol Gen Srivara said.

The investigation found the perpetrators had split into teams to carry out attacks in each province and they were all connected, he said, adding the attackers are from the three southernmost provinces.

Another warrant has been issued for Ahama Lenga, a native of Narathiwat's Tak Bai district, who police believe was behind the bombings in Phuket.

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Vocabulary

  • approve: to give official permission - อนุมัต
  • arrest warrant: a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone - หมายจับ
  • arson: the illegal use of fire to destroy a house, building, or property; an arsonist is a person who commits arson - การลอบวางเพลิง  
  • blast: an explosion - การระเบิด
  • CCTV: a television system that works within a limited area, for example a public building, to observe what is happening there and often to protect it from crime - โทรทัศน์วงจรปิด (ซีซีทีวี)
  • charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • emergency decree (noun): 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 - ประกาศภาวะฉุกเฉิน  
  • explosion (noun): the sudden violent bursting and loud noise of something such as a bomb exploding; the act of deliberately causing something to explode - การระเบิด
  • explosive devices: pieces of equipment that can cause explosions - สิ่งที่ระเบิดได้
  • harm: damage - ความเสียหาย
  • identify: to specify who someone is - ระบุชื่อ
  • image: a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing - รูปภาพ
  • implicated (verb): shown or suggested that someone is involved in wrongdoing - ถูกโยงใยถึง
  • investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened - การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
  • involved (verb): taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง, มีบทบาท
  • issue: to officially give out - ออก
  • launch (verb): to start something - เริ่มต้น, เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มทำ
  • linked: connected - เชื่อมต่อ เชื่อมโยง
  • military court (noun): a court run by the military - ศาลทหาร
  • native: someone who was born in a particular place - ชาวพื้นเมือง
  • perpetrator: someone who has committed a crime, or a violent or harmful act - ผู้ก่อการ
  • possess: to have or own something - ครอบครอง, ถือครอง
  • premeditated: planned in advance - คาดคิดมาก่อน
  • provincial (adj): related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country - ประจำจังหวัด, ส่วนท้องถิ่น
  • resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
  • sabotage: deliberate damage that is done to an enemy or opponent - การโจมตี บ่อนทำลาย
  • separate: forming a unit by itself; not joined to something else - ซึ่งแยกออกจากกัน
  • series (noun): several events or things of a similar kind that happen one after the other - สิ่งที่ต่อเนื่องกัน, อนุกรม, ลำดับ
  • skilled: having enough ability, experience and knowledge to be able to do something well - มีทักษะ,
  • split (verb): to divide; break apart - แยกออก, แตกแยก
  • suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
  • trio (noun): a group of three people; a group of three - กลุ่มที่ประกอบด้วย 3 คน; กลุ่มที่ประกอบด้วย 3
  • under way (adj): happening now, currently happening - กำลังดำเนินต่อไป
  • violate: to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement - ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด
  • wounded: injured, especially where your skin or flesh is damaged, usually seriously - บาดเจ็บ
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