Erawan shrine reopens following deadly blast

Bangkok’s Hindu shrine reopens as authorities remain determined to hunt main suspect of bloody explosion

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Buddhist monks pray at reopening ceremony of Erawan shrine on Wednesday

The Hindu shrine Erawan in Bangkok, Thailand, which was hit on Monday’s deadly blast, reopened to visitors with a ceremony on Wednesday as the country offered $39,540 for information leading to hunt accomplices of the main suspect.
Dozens of Buddhist monks and devotees, including tourists, gathered at 8:00 am local time (0100GMT) on Wednesday in front of the Hindu god Brahma -the slightly damaged statute - to attend the reopening ceremony of the shrine.

While devotees held joss sticks and sang their prayers, a relative of a Malaysian victim laid bundles of clothes at the shrine to represent lost loved ones, according to witnesses.

The explosion took place on Monday evening, killing 20 and injuring scores near the Erawan shrine which is one of the most important tourist attractions, located in the country’s business heartland.

Eleven foreigners from Britain, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia lost their lives in the heinous attack and 68 people remained in critical condition on Wednesday.

According to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the incident was the worst ever attack in the country.

Thai police have been tracking a young man who appeared in a surveillance video with a yellow t-shirt, youthful shaggy dark hair and glasses. In the video, the suspect came to the scene with a backpack and left it behind as he was walking away and looking at his mobile phone at the same time.

"The yellow shirt guy is not just the suspect. He is the bomber," police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri said. Parawut shared many photos of him over social media with and without the backpack based on the security footage.

He also said that "we are also looking for other suspects in connection with the blast. These types of attacks are not usually planned by one person alone."

Earlier Wednesday, Thai officials showed their determination for hunting down the main suspect of the deadly attack once again, releasing a detailed sketch of him, aside from putting out a $39,540 award for leading information. 

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a grenade bomb was thrown by an unidentified man from Bangkok’s Taksin Bridge into the Chao Phraya River in which a number of ferry companies organize tours taking tourists around the city’s waterways.There were no casualties reported on Tuesday’s attack, according to Thai police.

TRTWorld and agencies