Speaking on TV Sunday, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) spokesman Col Winthai Suvaree said the Royal Thai Police Office reported the investigation was making “modest” progress.
“I went to check and found a wide bomb“, Kamthorn Aucharoen, commander of the police’s explosive ordance team, told Reuters, referring to a road off of one of Bangkok’s main thoroughfares.
A week after a deadly bomb tore through central Bangkok, Thailand’s police chief Monday admitted that his force’s frantic search for those responsible has been hampered by faulty security cameras.
“In terms of the CCTV cameras, some don’t capture images properly and some were damaged which is a waste of time for police piecing together where the suspect went”, he said.
Police have released an artist’s sketch of the prime suspect who is seen on security footage leaving a backpack at a bench inside the open-air shrine and walking away. “We do not expect the situation to cause any major impact on travel to Thailand“, says Ranjeet Oak, chief business officer – holidays, MakeMyTrip.com.
While Thailand’s top cop blamed outdated equipment for the seemingly stalled-out hunt for the attacker behind the Erawan Shrine bombing, a police spokesman yesterday said the bomber had likely carefully timed the attacks so that he wouldn’t have lingered in the country.
Police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said he believes the perpetrator would have timed an escape carefully and “wouldn’t have much time to stay around”. The tragedy killed 20 people, including tourists from China, Malaysia and elsewhere, and injured more than 100.
Meanwhile, authorities have arrested two people for allegedly spreading “false information”, apparently in connection with the shrine bombing. Somyot asked reporters. “We don’t have that”, he said, referring to high-tech equipment that can render blurry footage clear.
“We have already summoned the taxi driver who picked up the suspect for interrogation, but I can not disclose any information, because right now we are still collecting evidence and witnesses testimonies”, Sriwarah said yesterday. The grenade was found in a residential area far from the city center.
The police are investigating the incident, but despite strict security measures at airports and borders no suspects have yet been apprehended.
New surveillance video has surfaced in Thailand offering a possible clue to Monday’s bombing in downtown Bangkok that took 20 lives. The explosion takes place 15 minutes later.