Police seize ping-pong bombs in Bangkok raids
One of three suspects arrested reportedly says explosives were delivered to Din Daeng protesters
published : 20 Aug 2021 at 17:59
writer: Wassayos Ngamkham
Police have seized 75 ping-pong bombs and arrested two men and a woman at a house in Don Muang district of Bangkok on Friday morning.
One of the suspects reportedly admitted to having delivered firecrackers and ping-pong bombs to anti-government protesters for use in the Din Daeng area, where violent clashes with police have taken place on several nights recently.
Cyber crime investigators had learned that a group of young people had been producing explosives and selling them via social media platforms, Pol Lt Gen Kornchai Klaiklueng, the bureau commissioner, told reporters on Friday.
Their investigation resulted in a court warrant to search four premises in Don Muang. That led to the three arrests and the seizure of the small explosive devices.
One of the suspects reportedly said he made a delivery to protesters at the Din Daeng intersection on Aug 15.
Investigators found that purchase orders were made via TikTok, the most recent being on Aug 13 for 100 ping-pong bombs, priced at 300 baht each, Pol Lt Gen Kornchai said.
Ratchasak Sasuk, 23, Yothin Chansom, 23, and Jiranan Jaija were charged with illegally making, importing or selling explosives in violation of the firearms law.
The charges carry a penalty of one to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of 2,000 to 40,000 baht.
The suspects were handed over to Don Muang police station. The investigation was continuing, Pol Lt Gen Kornchai said.
Police seize ping pong bombs from the house of one of three suspects during a search of four locations in Don Muang district of Bangkok on Friday. (Photo supplied via Wassayos Ngamkham)