Police arrest three over small explosive devices

Police arrest three over small explosive devices

Police stand outside the US embassy in Bangkok ahead of a car mob rally from which anti-government demonstrators plan to submit a petition about the government's allocation of Pfizer vaccine donated by Washington. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
Police stand outside the US embassy in Bangkok ahead of a car mob rally from which anti-government demonstrators plan to submit a petition about the government's allocation of Pfizer vaccine donated by Washington. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

Police have seized 75 ping-pong bombs and arrested two men and a woman at a house in Bangkok's Don Muang district.

One of the suspects allegedly admitted to having delivered firecrackers and ping-pong bombs to anti-government protesters for use in the Din Daeng area.

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 1-20 years in prison and/or fine of 2,000-40,000 baht, Pol Lt Gen Kornchai Klaiklueng, commissioner of the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau, told reporters yesterday.

He said cyber crime investigators had learned that a group of young people had produced explosives and sold them via social media platforms. Their investigation resulted in a court warrant to search four premises in Don Muang. The warrants were executed, three suspects arrested and the small explosive devices seized.

Two purchase orders were made via the TikTok app, with the most recent on Aug 13 for 100 ping-pong bombs, priced at 300 baht each, Pol Lt Gen Kornchai said. The suspects were handed over to Don Muang police station, he said.

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