Wednesday, August 19
Bangkok bombing: "We have suspects. There are not many people." UPDATE 8:30am EDT
UPDATE 8:30am EDT
Good point: “It was a statement aimed at the commercial interests, if they had really wanted to kill a lot of foreigners they would have hit the bar districts in Sukhumvit,” Mr Westall said.
This is the first time I've seen the middle photo
from CCTV footage near Erawan Shrine bomb blast
It seems there is considerable CCTV video available of the suspect. A small portion of the footage is shown at YouTube (edited by BBC) and in a slighter longer version of the same footage at Reuters. The montage of still photos, above, from CCTV is from the AU (Australia) News site.
The AU report accompanying the photos makes some statements I consider interesting. But first, from a Reuters report 8/19:
Police Major General Pornchai Suteerakune, commander of the Institute of Forensic Medicine, said the bodies of almost all the dead at the shrine were wounded by silver ball bearings that were packed into the bomb.Now from the AU report's passages about the explosion near the Sathorn pier:
Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri said the pier blast was caused by a pipe bomb and could be related to the shrine attack.
Police said the bomb was thrown from the Taksin Bridge and fell into the River, where it exploded. Security video showed a sudden blast of water over a walkway at the pier as bystanders ran for safety.
Nobody was injured in the incident, despite reports that hundreds of small pellets were reportedly seen strewn in all directions from the explosion.If those "pellets" are ball bearings, that would suggest the two bomb incidents were related, and that the second bomb had also been built to inflict maximum casualties if the thrown device had hit its mark.
To return to the AU report:
Bangkok bombing: Anti-government protesters blamed for deadly terror attack
3 HOURS AGO - AUGUST 19, 2015 4:02pm
Jodie Kimpton, visiting Bangkok from Mt Evelyn in Victoria was at her father Ken Westall’s place on Monday night, only a few blocks from the blast staying in because of “some dodgy chicken.”