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16 November 2010 :: 17:11:16 pm 46126

Bangkok Students Bomb Bus Carrying Rivals

A rival teen gang threw what has been tentatively identified as a ping-pong bomb into a crowded mini-bus trying to blow up a technical student group, but killed a male passenger instead. Luckily, police have CCTV footage of the incident and hope to make an imminent arrest.
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Bangkok 16 November, 2010: the perennial rivalry between Thai student groups took a tragic turn yesterday, Nov15, as a student threw what is thought to be a ping-pong bomb into a crowded mini-bus in the vicinity of Bangchan Estate, Minburi, Bangkok, hoping to assault a rival group of students from Minburi Technical School. The bomb, however, killed an unrelated passenger, as well as injuring one of the students on the bus. Police were alerted about the incident at 4pm and an investigative team, supported by Sai Jai Thai Foundation paramedics were dispatched.

On their arrival, the investigative team found a number 27 mini-bus of the Minburi-Chaisamoraphoom Monument line, parked up on the Seri Thai roadside with extensive damage to the right back side, including a broken window and resultant glass fragments.  On the bus, officers found the dead body of a passenger, Phichet Chaiya [26] from Phayoa, clad in a black T-shirt and jeans, lying on the floor at the rear of the bus. He was covered in a massive amount of blood and had a severe stomach wound, with his intestines spilling out. In addition, a Minburi Technical School student, Thatwisit Nuttayothin [15], was found injured, suffering from tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, due to blast and noise of the explosion. He was sent to hospital for treatment.  

Mr. Chakrit Simathong [40], the bus driver, told police that before the incident had occurred, a group of 6 or 7 technical students had got on the bus in the vicinity of the Bungkum area. Subsequently, the bus had arrived outside the Heng Kale (Thailand) Company near the Bangchan Estate, when he heard the sound of an explosion on his bus, which started emitting a massive amount of smoke from the rear, so he  stopped the bus immediately and parked. At first, Mr. Simathong said he thought that a tyre on the bus had burst. As soon as he parked the bus, all the panicking passengers had rushed off, leaving only the dead passenger and injured boy aboard. Mr. Chakrit said he then informed the police about the incident.

Mr. Watchara Joysawang [25], the bus boy, claimed that he had witnessed the group of technical students get on the bus and stand close to the passenger who was later killed. Soon after, some passengers called out that they had seen a youth throw a bomb into the bus, which then exploded. 

Miss Nattgaphon Chomdee [20] the deceased’s shocked girlfriend told police that her boyfriend worked at Nissan Car Centre, and they were riding on the bus to go to Minburi Market to buy food. As the bus approached the Heng Kale Company, she said she had been alarmed to see an object fly from outside the bus and land on Mr. Chaiya’s lap. The object then caused a severe explosion, which knocked her boyfriend to the floor and left her in a state of shock.

Subsequently, the police investigator inspected the video footage of a CCTV camera installed at the Honda Car Centre nearby. It revealed three teenagers riding two motorbikes do a u-turn in front of the estate’s entrance before escaping onto the Kanjanaphisek Ring Road.    

Other witnesses stated that they had seen a young man sitting on a black Yamaha Fino with no registration plate parked on the roadside, whilst two others, wearing white shirts and trousers, were standing on a traffic island, one of whom had thrown a bomb into the bus. Police are currently following up the incident and are confident of making an arrest soon.

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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