Police reveal little about bombing motivation

Police reveal little about bombing motivation

Police chief Gen Chakthip Chaijinda gestures during a briefing on the bombings in Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)
Police chief Gen Chakthip Chaijinda gestures during a briefing on the bombings in Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)

A series of bombings in Bangkok last week may be linked to politics, police said on Thursday as authorities hunted for more than a dozen suspects in connection with the attacks.

Six small bombs and six incendiary devices went off last Friday as the city hosted a meeting of Asean foreign ministers also attended by diplomats from the United States, China and other world powers.

The blasts wounded four people and police initially suspected the attacks were linked to an insurgency in the Muslim-dominated South that has killed more than 7,000 people since 2004.

Two suspects detained on Friday are from Narathiwat province in the restive region. They are among 15 suspects in the attacks but not all of them have ties to the south and some have fled the country, police said.

"I believe that this is linked to political issues," police chief Chaktip Chaijinda said in the first police news conference since Friday's attacks.

He did not elaborate, but said "80-90% of previous bomb cases are linked to politics, and we really want to know who is behind it this time".

However, he ruled out a connection with the man who later fell into a coma after being held in military custody or speculation they were the works of authorities.

The two detained suspects are facing charges of organised crime, attempted murder and illegal possession of explosives, police lieutenant general and lead investigator Suwat Changyodsuk told the news conference.

The two men are accused of planting two bombs, which authorities said were fake, in front of police headquarters in Bangkok a day before the coordinated blasts.


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