Further updated: Bomb in Bangkok II

18 08 2015

Another bomb blast has been reported in Bangkok. This one exploded in water and no deaths or injuries are reported.

The Nation reported that the “Foreign Ministry told foreign diplomats Tuesday that the government was able to handle the situation after the deadly blast on Monday night.”

A suspect is said to have been identified in the first bombing:

The following is a listing of some of the international media reports on the bombings:

Second explosive thrown in Bangkok after bomb killed 22Sydney Morning Herald

Bangkok bomb: Victims and survivors from AsiaBBC News

Bangkok bombing reactions: it’s just shockingThe Guardian

Update 1: In The Nation: “Authorities have put forward several theories on the motive behind Monday’s deadly blast at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong tourist area – including retaliation by a member of the Uighur ethnic group…. Another motive could have been a desire to destabilise the military-led government.”

At the same place: “Responding to a question on whether the attack could have been in retaliation for Thailand’s recent decision to send some Uighur illegal migrants back to China, he [Police General Somyos Pumpanmuang] said there was no evidence supporting such a possibility at this stage…. PM’s Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana said the Uighur minority, has no history of using explosives or operating outside China…. As for the Uighur theory, a police source said surveillance had been recently stepped up as police were told that terrorists could target Chinese tourists in Thailand. However, police have not ruled out other possibilities, including attempts to destabilise the military-led regime.”

Update 2: At the Bangkok Post: “National police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang said the bomb tossed from a bridge at Bangkok’s Sathorn pier and yesterday’s bombing of the Erawan shrine are the work of the same perpetrators, some of whom may be foreigners…. Pol Gen Somyot said there were more than one person behind the two bombings and that both Thais and foreign nationals were involved.”

He said: “I can tell you now that there are not only foreigners involved in the incidents but some Thais must have taken part…. [Foreigners] … “could not have … walked their way onto the (Taksin] bridge. There must be Thai people involved whose hearts are not Thai.” That seems an odd and speculative claim.


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24 01 2016
The military regime as Chinese checkers | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] this is just the latest case. Readers will recall the bombing in Bangkok last August (here and here). One of the very first guesses of responsibility involved Uighurs, with police being […]

24 01 2016
The military regime as Chinese checkers | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] this is just the latest case. Readers will recall the bombing in Bangkok last August (here and here). One of the very first guesses of responsibility involved Uighurs, with police being […]