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02 March 2010 :: 10:03:21 am 14411

Warrant Issued For Thailand’s Bangkok Bank Bomber

A Thai court has issued a warrant for the arrest of a man suspected to have thrown a bomb at Bangkok Bank’s Silom Road branch in central Bangkok during the weekend, while Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he has received an intelligence report on “underground movements” ahead of a planned mass rally by anti-government protesters.
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Bangkok, the 1st of March 2010 [TNA]: Police asked the criminal court to issue an arrest warrant for a man aged slightly more than 30 whose picture was sketched from closed-circuit television installed at the bank and from evidence given by eyewitnesses. If apprehended, the suspect would be charged for possessing explosives without license and would face a maximum 10-year imprisonment, police said.

Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Pol Lt-Gen Santan Chayanont said on Monday that about one thousand motorcycle taxi drivers have been invited to a briefing on varied kinds of explosives so that they are better able to observe and report unusual incidents and clues to the police. Gen Santan said a Bt100,000 reward will be given to those who give information leading to the arrest of the suspected bombers. The witness will be given another Bt200,000 when the court rules that the suspects are guilty.

Bangkok Bank’s Silom Road branch was one of four bank branches targeted for bombing on Saturday. Glass windows and the ceiling of the bank were damaged along with nearby telephone booths. No casualties were reported in the incidents; two grenades exploded, one was defused, and one appeared to have been a dud.

Prime Minister Abhisit, meanwhile, told journalists on Monday that police had concluded that similar explosives were used at all four banks and were investigating which agency is using this kind of weapon.

He denied that his government has black-listed some key leaders of the anti-government movement of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) who plan to mobilise the group countrywide from March 12, converging on Bangkok for a mass protest on March 14 to topple the government. Reports on what security agencies termed “underground movements” have been received but further investigation is needed, Mr Abhisit  added. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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