Bomb found, defused in Bangkok, say Thai police

Thailand's police say they had found and defused explosive device in Bangkok

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

20 people were killed in the blast of Erawan Shrine

Nearly a week after the deadly Erawan Shrine blast killed at least 20 people, police said on Monday they had found and deactivated a bomb in the capital of Thailand.

Commander of the police's explosive ordance team, Kamthorn Aucharoen said that the bomb was left in the house of a construction worker on a road off one of the city's main thoroughfares.

"We received reports this afternoon of a bomb in Sukhumvit 81. I went to check and found a wide bomb. It was left in the house of a construction worker. We have deactivated the bomb and will destroy it," Aucharoen told Reuters.

Thai top policeman, Police Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri, said the main suspect in the attack at the Erawan Shrine might have already fled the country but they have been keeping searching to find other suspects who might have been in the country or clues, evidence and witnesses who may have seen him.

The government thinks last week’s shrine attack was aimed at undermining the economy by hurting tourism, an even more vital industry as growth flags in other sectors. The Erawan Shrine to a Hindu deity is popular with Asian sightseers. Half of the foreigners killed were from mainland China or Hong Kong which is Thailand’s biggest source of tourists.


TRTWorld and agencies