Thailand blast: Security forces hunt for Man in the Yellow Shirt

Thailand police is searching for a suspect seen on CCTV cameras near the Brahma temple blast scene in Bangkok

Bangkok: Thai authorities yesterday launched a massive hunt for a man captured in CCTV footage who is suspected of setting off the explosion inside Bangkok’s hugely popular Lord Brahma temple that killed at least 22 people in the country’s worst ever attack.

Police checkpoints have been set up across the beach city to ensure the safety of residents and visitors. Pics/ AFP
Police checkpoints have been set up across the beach city to ensure the safety of residents and visitors. Pics/ AFP

Bangkok was rattled again yesterday when an explosive device was hurled at ferry pier in Bangkok. The bomb was thrown at Bangkok’s Sathorn pier but it caused no injuries or damage as it bounced into the water and exploded there.

Thai authorities have launched a hunt for a male “suspect” in connection with Monday’s bombing.

Thai Junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha described the bombing as the “worst ever attack” on Thailand, as he gave the first indications of who officials believed were responsible.

“Today there is a suspect... We are looking for this guy,” Prayut said. He said the man was seen on closed circuit television at the blast site. The man wearing a yellow t-shirt and carrying a backpack is suspected to be the bomber, media reports said. Prime Minister Prayut also assured all foreigners in Thailand of their safety.

“The government will protect lives and properties of all foreign expats, tourists in the Kingdom,” Prayut said.

“We are looking for them now, some of them are in Isaan (northeastern Thailand),” he said. The bomb was placed inside the compound of the popular Erawan Brahma temple thronged throughout the day by Thais and foreigners. It is a favourite tourist stop for the Chinese, Taiwanese and people from Hong Kong.

11
Number of foreigners killed in the attack, which included 5 Chinese, 4 Malaysians, 1 Indonesian and 1 Singaporean

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