Hunt for Paragon blast suspects (Updated)
published : 3 Feb 2015 at 07:50
writer: Terry Fredrickson
Police have just circulated footage of two men suspected of planting the bombs near Siam Paragon. Meanwhile, the army chief has denied rumours that Sunday's bombs were planted in an attempted to prolong martial law.
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Tuesday morning update
11:30 Here's the latest from DPA.
Police were looking for two suspects in connection with explosions at Siam Paragon shopping mall in central Bangkok at the weekend, an official said on Tuesday.
Two male suspects, wearing white shirts, were seen on CCTV lingering near the scene of the bombings moments before the blasts.
Police circulated the footage and asked the public for any leads that could lead to arrests, a police source who declined to be named said.
Army denies martial law plot
Fingers three groups as Paragon blast suspects
Army commander Udomdej Sitabutr vehemently denied speculation spreading Monday that the explosions at Siam Paragon on Sunday were an attempt by the government to prolong martial law.
"The state would never do that. We do things honestly. We don't create situations," he said.
Rumours that the Paragon blasts were staged to justify the enforcement of martial law spread widely Tuesday.
Gen Udomdej played down suggestions the incident was aimed at challenging the government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), saying motives have not yet been established and the incident could be a prank by rogue groups.
The army named three groups it believes could be responsible for the two explosions, while police said they are "90% certain" the attack is politically motivated.
According to a source, the three groups the army suspects are those affected by the NCPO's crackdown on bribery, extortion and corruption; the political group dissatisfied with the military government; and police officers who are displeased after recent transfers.
Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda, deputy national police chief, said at least two people were involved in Sunday's explosions and warrants for their arrest are expected to be issued this week.
Police spokesman Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri said the explosive devices were similar to those used in Min Buri last year, but said there is no evidence linking the blasts at the moment.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Tuesday condemned the blasts and urged the public to give authorities enough time to solve the case.
Gen Prayut said it was too early to conclude whether the incident was politically motivated.
"An attack like this is a criminal offence, even if it is politically motivated. People can't resort to violence because it is against the law.
"People must understand that differences of political views and breaking the law are two separate issues," he said.
He said security would be intensified following the blasts and called on the public to report any suspicious objects or individuals.
Monday's story and updates
From our online reporters: National police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang is confident that, with many pieces of evidence in hand, authorities soon will issue warrants for the arrest of those responsible for the two bombs that exploded in front of Bangkok’s Siam Paragon shopping mall Sunday night.
National police spokesman Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri told a press conference today that it is still too early to identify suspects in last night's bomb incidents or its motive. Police are not ruling out a political motive, a local dispute simply an attempt to cause confusion.
Last night's bombs were said to be low-grade explosives, but they look like the could have caused serious injuries if they were put in a public place. POST TODAY photo.
As the bombs were not very powerful, damage was limited. National Police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang had ordered security to be tightened in public places, like train and bus stations and major shopping centres.
Paragon bombs 'homemade'
Two improvised time bombs exploded in front of Siam Paragon shopping centre Sunday evening, slightly injuring a man, police said.
Paragon and other retail outlets in the Siam Square/Siam Center area were closed, roads were blocked and shoppers and diners were evacuated from the area.
Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri, a police spokesman, said the bombs were hidden behind a transformer at BMA Express Service, between the Siam BTS station and the luxury mall.
"Two homemade bombs exploded on a walkway between Siam BTS (skytrain) and Siam Paragon mall. They were hidden behind electric controls," said Pol Lt Gen Prawut.
The two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were set on timers to explode at about 8pm, a peak time for shopping, entertainment and dining out in the Siam Square area. Despite this, Pol Lt Gen Prawut said the bombs "were not intended to kill".
No motive for the attacks was given. Authorities at first told the media the bombing was the explosion of a power transformer of a Paragon billboard. They dropped that story and admitted the blasts were caused by bombs after several hours of investigation.
Thailand is officially under martial law, but police handled crowd control, and acted as spokesmen for the media. Spokesmen asked the public not to panic, despite the mishandling of the early hours of the investigation.
Army Col Winthai Suwaree, spokesman for both the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and for the army, said the military was involved in the police investigation but provided no details. He said the motive for the bombing was unknown.
Pol Lt Gen Prawut claimed the motive of the attack was likely to create panic rather than take lives. He did not provide any details of the IEDs, but denied early reports that the bombs contained nails.
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- admitted (verb): agreed that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ
- aftermath: the effects and results of something bad or important - ผลที่ตามมา
- aim: to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย
- arrest: (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม
- at the moment: at this time; now - ขณะนี้, ตอนนี้, เวลานี้
- authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
- billboard: a large board on the outside of a building or at the side of the road, used for putting advertisements on - ป้ายหรือกระดานใช้สำหรับโฆษณา
- blast: an explosion - การระเบิด
- block: to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else - ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
- bribery: the crime of giving money or presents to someone so that they will help you by doing something dishonest or illegal - การให้สินบน
- case: a matter that is being officially investigated or heard by a court - คดี
- challenge: to invite someone to compete or fight - ท้า
- circulate: to send to many different people - หมุนเวียน
- commander (noun): the head of large military unit or a crew - ผู้บังคับบัญชา
- conclude: to decide that something is true after looking at all the evidence you have - สรุป
- condemned: criticised severely - ประณาม
- confident: being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future - มั่นใจ
- cordoned off: stopped from entering an area by putting something such as a rope around it - กั้นด้วยเชือกหรือเครื่องกั้น
- crackdown: strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity - การใช้กำลังเข้าปราบปรามของเจ้าหน้าที่
- create: to make something new - สร้าง, แต่งขึ้น
- crime-scene (adj): the place where a crime occurred - ที่เกิดการกระทำอาชญากรรม
- criminal: illegal; against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
- decline: to say politely that you will not accept something or do something - ปฏิเสธ
- deny: to say that something is not true - ปฏิเสธ
- deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
- details: small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation - รายละเอียด
- device (noun): a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
- diner (noun): someone who is eating a meal, especially at a restaurant - คนที่มารับประทานอาหารในร้านอาหาร
- displeased: not happy or satisfied with something - ไม่พอใจ
- dissatisfied (adj): not happy or satisfied with somebody/something ไม่พอ - ไม่พอใจ
- drop (verb): to stop doing something; to end an activity or programme - เลิก, ยกเลิก, หยุด
- enforcement: the process of making sure that something happens, especially that people obey a law or rule - การบังคับใช้กฎหมาย
- entrance: a door, gate, passage, etc. used for entering a room, building or place - ทางเข้า
- establish: to discover, prove, or decide that something is true - พิสูจน์, แสดงให้เห็น
- evacuate: to cause to leave a place because it is not safe - เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก
- evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน
- extortion: the crime of trying to obtain something by force or threat - การขู่กรรโชก รีดไถ
- finger (verb): to accuse somebody of doing something illegal and tell the police about it - แจ้งเบาะแสเรื่องผิดกฎหมายให้ตำรวจรู้ (คำไม่เป็นทางการ)
- footage: film or video of a particular subject or event - ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
- forensic: relating to the use of scientific methods to solve crimes or to find out why something happened - เกี่ยวกับนิติวิทยาศาสตร์
- identify: to specify who someone is - ระบุชื่อ
- improvised: invented or made using whatever is available, usually because you do not have what you really need; made at the time when it is needed without already having planned it - กระทำหรือประพันธ์อย่างไม่ได้มีการตระเตรียมมาก่อน หรืออย่างทันทีทันควัน
- incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
- individuals: persons - บุคคล
- injure: to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal - ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, ทำร้าย
- intend: to plan to do; to want to happen - ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น, วางแผนไว้
- intensify: to strengthen - เข้มข้นขึ้น
- 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
- investigator: someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something - ผู้สอบสวน, ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ
- involved (verb): taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง, มีบทบาท
- issue: matter; a subject that people discuss or argue about - ประเด็น
- issue: to officially give out - ออก
- justify: to show that there is good reason for something - แสดงเหตุผลที่ดีพอ
- limited: not much or enough; not very great in amount or extent - จำกัด
- linger: to stay somewhere longer than is necessary or required - อ้อยอิ่ง
- link: to connect - เชื่อม
- luxury: the best and most expensive of something - ที่หรูหรา
- martial law: direct control of an area or country by the armed forces - กฎอัยการศึก
- media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
- mishandling: dealing with a situation or process badly or without enough care - การจัดการอย่างไม่ถูก
- motivated: done for a particular reason - มีแรงจูงใจ ถูกโน้มน้าวใจ
- motive: a reason for doing something - แรงจูงใจ
- National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) (noun): The military-installed group ruling Thailand following the 2014 coup d'état - คณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ
- offence: a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment - การกระทำผิดกฎหมายหรือข้อบังคับ
- outlet (noun): a shop or place where a particular product is sold - ร้านขายสินค้า, ร้านขายสินค้าจากโรงงาน
- panic: a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that causes you to be unable to think clearly or calmly - ความตื่นตกใจ
- panic: to have a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that causes you to be unable to think clearly or calmly - ตื่นตกใจ
- peak (adj): the time when something is at its highest or greatest level - ช่วงเวลาที่หนาแน่น, ช่วงเวลาที่พบมากที่สุด
- play down: to discount; to try to make something seem less important or serious than it really is - ลดความสำคัญ
- plot: a secret plan to do something bad - แผนการลับ
- prank: a trick that is played on somebody as a joke - การล้อเล่น, การเล่นตลก
- press conference: an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว
- prolong: to cause to continue for a long time - ยืดเวลาออกไป
- provide: to give someone/ something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้
- resort to: to do something extreme or unpleasant in order to solve a problem - ใช้มาตรการรุนแรงในการแก้ปัญหา ยุติปัญหา
- responsible for: deserving to be blamed for something that has happened - มีความรับผิดชอบ
- retail: to sell directly to the public for their own use - ขายปลีก
- rogue: behaving in ways that are not expected or not normal, often in a destructive way - ไม่ซื่อ, อันธพาล
- rule out: to stop considering something as a possibility - ประกาศว่าเป็นสิ่งที่เป็นไปไม่ได้
- ruling: having control over a particular group, country, etc - ซึ่งมีอำนาจ, ซึ่งปกครอง
- rumour: a piece of information, or a story, that people talk about, but that may not be true - ข่าวลือ
- schedule: to arrange for something to happen at a particular time - ทำตารางเวลา, ทำกำหนดการ, กำหนดรายการ
- security: protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
- similar: like somebody/something but not exactly the same - คล้ายกัน
- site: a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
- situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
- slightly: small in size or amount - เล็กน้อย
- solve (verb): to successfully deal with a problem or difficult situation; to find out who is responsible for a crime - แก้ปัญหา, คลี่คลาย, หาคำตอบ
- source: someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว
- speculation: ideas or discussion about what might happen or has happened or why something has happened without having complete information - การคาดการณ์
- spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
- spread: to gradually affect or cover a larger area - แพร่กระจาย
- stage: to arrange - จัดตั้ง
- state: government - รัฐบาล
- stepped up: increased - เพิ่ม
- suggestion: the possibility that something is true, or evidence showing that something may be true - ข้อชวนคิด
- suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
- suspicious: making you believe that something is wrong, dangerous or illegal - น่าสงสัย
- take lives: to kill people; to cause people to die -
- the public: people in general - ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน
- tighten (verb): to make something tighter, more fixed and secure or stricter - ทำให้แน่น, ทำให้เข้มงวดยิ่งขึ้น, ทำให้แน่นหรือตึงขึ้น, ผูกให้แน่น,
- transfer (noun): officially changing someone’s job or responsibilities - การโยกย้ายตำแหน่ง
- transformer: a piece of equipment that changes the voltage of a flow of electricity - หม้อแปลง
- upscale (adj.): designed for or used by people who belong to a high social class or have a lot of money - มีราคาแพง (สำหรับคนมีรายได้สูง)
- urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
- vehemently: showing very strong feelings, especially anger - อย่างรุนแรง, อย่างรุ่มร้อน
- violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย
- warrant (noun): a legal document that is signed by a judge and gives the police authority to do something - หมาย