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Thailand Declares Search On Suspect Seen In CCTV At Blast Site

A man wearing a yellow T-shirt and carrying a backpack is seen walking near the Erawan shrine, where a bomb blast killed 22 people on Monday, in Bangkok, Thailand in this handout still image taken from closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, released by the Thai Police on August 18, 2015.   REUTERS/Thai Police/Handout via Reuters
A man wearing a yellow T-shirt and carrying a backpack is seen walking near the Erawan shrine, where a bomb blast killed 22 people on Monday, in Bangkok, Thailand in this handout still image taken from closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, released by the Thai Police on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Thai Police/Handout via Reuters
In every part of the world, there are terrorists infecting it with deaths and pains, causing economy breakdown and trying to make it a less-conducive place for man as humanity itself will put up all it has to battle such to an end.
Thailand, witnessed a bomb attack at Bangkok recently, has declared a search on a suspect seen on closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage near a renowned shrine where the blast killed 22 people, including nine foreigners from several Asian countries.
The government believes that the attack during the Monday evening busy hour, in the capital’s most patronized commercial centre, with no one claiming responsibility, was aimed at hampering the economy.
National police chief, Somyot Pumpanmuang said the suspect was wearing a yellow shirt and believes he could be Thai or a foreigner.
“That man was carrying a backpack and walked past the scene at the time of the incident. But we need to look at the before and after CCTV footage to see if there is a link,” Somyot told a news conference.
Although officials confirmed that the attack did not match the tactics of Muslim insurgents in the south, the State’s Police, earlier in a statement, said they do not underestimate any terror group, including elements opposed to the military government, for the bombing at the Erawan shrine on Monday evening.
Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha also referred to the man as a suspect without giving details. He said there were “still anti-government groups out there”, although he did not elaborate.
In his grieve for the lost souls, the minister also referred to the blast as “worst-ever attack” in the nation
Experts investigate the Erawan shrine at the site of a deadly blast in central Bangkok, Thailand, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Experts investigate the Erawan shrine at the site of a deadly blast in central Bangkok, Thailand, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Police were seen at the site searching for clues that could dent the confidence of tourism and investors confidence.
The Thai baht THB=TH fell 0.57 percent to 35.57 baht, its weakest in more than six years, on concern the bombing may scare off visitors. Thai stocks .SETI fell as much as 3 percent.
It accounts for about 10 percent of the economy and the government had been banking on a record number of visitors this year following a sharp fall in 2014 because of protests and the coup.
Police said the death toll was 22, with 123 people wounded. They said the blast was caused by a pipe bomb.
“Police are not ruling out anything including (Thai) politics and the conflict of ethnic Uighurs who, before this, Thailand sent back to China,” Somyot said.
Thailand forcibly returned 109 Uighurs to China last month.
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of the Turkic-speaking and largely Muslim minority have fled unrest in China’s western Xinjiang region, where hundreds of people have been killed, prompting a crackdown by Chinese authorities. Many Uighurs have traveled through Southeast Asia to Turkey.
In Washington, the U.S. State Department said it was too soon to tell if the blast was a terrorist attack. Spokesman John Kirby said authorities in Thailand had not requested U.S. help
Four Chinese, including two people from Hong Kong, were among the dead, China’s official Xinhua news agency said. Two Malaysians, a Singaporean, an Indonesian and a Filipino were also killed, officials said. Scores of people were wounded, including many from China and Taiwan.
Thailand has been riven for a decade by a sometimes violent struggle for power between political factions in Bangkok.
Occasional small blasts have been blamed on one side or the other. Two pipe bombs exploded outside a shopping mall in the same area in February, but caused little damage.
Thai forces are also fighting a low-level Muslim insurgency in the predominantly Buddhist country’s south, but those rebels have rarely launched attacks outside their heartland.
“This does not match with incidents in southern Thailand. The type of bomb used is also not in keeping with the south,” army chief and deputy defense minister General Udomdej Sitabutr said in a televised interview.
Tourism is one of the few bright spots in an economy that is still struggling, more than a year after the military seized power in May 2014.

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