Bangkok bomb substance smells like TNT, say Thai police

Thai police believe Bangkok bomb contains TNT based elements due to its smell

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Thai police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri speaks at a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

Thai explosive experts on Wednesday said that a substance from the bomb that blew up near a Buddhist shrine last week smells like TNT, although chemical test results were not recieved.

The blast which hit Erawan Shrine, one of the main tourist attractions in the country, on Aug. 17 left more than 22 people dead and numerous victims wounded.

Talking to the Thai media outlets, a spokesman for the Thai Royal Police Office, Police Liutenant General Prawut said that it has not been clear yet, whether the bomb was made of TNT or C4, a plastic explosive.

He also stated that the investigation is ongoing as other substances of the bomb is undergoing thorough examination. Nevertheless, the explosive experts believe that the bomb includes TNT based elements due to the force of the blast and “the smell” left behind.

Although more than a week passed over the deplorable incident, the suspects are yet to be identified. Thai authorities have continued their efforts to reach them as the pressure on them from the public has been increasing in every passing day.   

On Sunday, Thai authorities raised the award which was put out for information leading to catch the suspects of the heinous attack from $39,540 (1 million baht) to $84,000 (3 million baht).

Last week, the country also asked help from International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to arrest the main suspect who appeared on a security footage with his yellow t-shirt and curly hairs, according to Deputy National Police Spokesman, Kissana Phathancharoen.


TRTWorld and agencies