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06 October 2010 :: 16:10:19 pm 42689

Fourth Person Found Dead after Devastating Bangkok Bombing

A fourth unidentified person has allegedly been pulled from the partially destroyed Bangkok building hit by a devastating bomb blast on Wednesday night. Officials announced that Tuesday’s blast had the equivalent force of 10kg of ignited TNT.
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Bangkok, the 6th of October 2010: Following a meeting of police and security officials on Wednesday morning, authorities announced the discovery of yet another dead body, allegedly pulled from the wreckage of the partially collapsed ‘Samanmettha Mansions’ in Bang Bua Thong district, Nonthaburi.

Along with the discovery of another deceased, investigative teams revealed that the buildings foundations had subsided approximately 5cm as a result of Tuesdays blast, with civil engineers working to support the structure before deciding an appropriate course of action. The blast allegedly carried the force of 10kg of TNT.

In addition, leading officers investigating the case revealed that the room’s tenant, Mr. Samai Wongsuwan had checked in on the 23rd of September and is known to have been an active proponent of the anti-government Red Shirt movement, attending several rallies earlier this year. He had been staying at the premises with an unidentified married couple, with police as yet not confirming the identity of any of the deceased or injured.

The presence of a significant amount of air conditioning fluid, a fire extinguisher refilled with urea fertiliser and a one gallon plastic container with electrical tape, has led police to the assumption that the room and/or tenants were manufacturing homemade explosives. Witness reports have now confirmed that the trio renting the room had been seen carrying large bags into the building shortly before the explosion while a man has been observed, via CCTV footage, leaving the premises minutes before the incident.

National Police Chief General Wichean Potephosree explained that the explosive components and evidence found at the scene of Tuesday’s blast had already been linked to the bombings at Nang Lerng race track (Royal Turf Club), Santirat Wittayalai School in Bangkok and parking areas of The Mall Ngam Wongwan and Ministry of Public Health Ministry in Nonthaburi last month.

Meanwhile, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, currently on an official visit to Belgium where he is attending the Asia-European Meeting (ASEM), is reported to have voiced his condolences to the families of the deceased.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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