Unexploded bomb recovered in Pratunam Market


BANGKOK —An unexploded bomb was recovered on Wednesday in central Bangkok. Authorities believe it was similar to the bombs set off last week that rocked the capital.

Read Pratunam fires related to bombing incidents, police source said

Bangkok was jolted when six small bombs and six firebombs went off in different locations last Friday that left four people wounded. The attacked coincided during the ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting which was also attended by top diplomats from the US, China, and other great powers.

Authorities discovered the firebomb at Pratunam market, one of the country’s top markets to shop.

Reuters quoted a police officer saying: “The device functioned, but the fire did not catch because it was hidden underneath a pile of clothes so there was not enough oxygen for the fire.”

“The device is timer-triggered and is attached to a power bank, the same sort that were used in last week’s attacks, and it was likely placed … around the same time as other devices,” he added.

Nine suspects have been detained, including two men who were arrested on Friday, accused of planting two bombs in front of the police headquarters in central Bangkok a day earlier, Bangkok Post reported.

Two of the suspects are from the Muslim-dominated province of Narathiwat.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters that Friday’s coordinated attacks were “linked to a southern group” but did not elaborate on the details, saying that more investigation is needed to determine who ordered the attack, the report added.

Source: Bangkok Post

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