Reward tripled in Thailand for shrine bombing suspect

Thailand raises reward to find main suspect of fatal shrine blast and requests assistance from Interpol

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Thai police collects evidence following the deadly Bangkok attack

The reward for the suspect of the deadly bomb attack on Erawan Shrine, has been tripled by Thai authorities on Saturday, due to pressure from the public to finalize the investigation as quick as possible.

The fatal blast hit the country on Aug. 17, killing more than 20 and injuring scores of people. Following the appearance of the "man in yellow” as a main suspect on the security footage, Thai officials put out one million baht ($39,540) award for information leading to his capture.

The amount of the reward was increased on Saturday to three million baht ($84,000), following the statement by Prime Minister Prayuth in his weekly address to the nation saying that he would "expedite all investigations to bring perpetrators to justice."

As the efforts were ongoing to arrest the main suspect, on Thursday, Kissana Phathancharoen, Deputy National Police Spokesman announced that Thai government asked the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) for help in hunting down the suspects involved in the Bangkok blast.

Following the decision to seek cooperation with Interpol, Thai junta spokesman, Colonel Winthai Suvaree said that the bomb attack at the Buddhist shrine was “unlikely” to be the work of international terrorist groups.

The US embassy on Friday offered to help Thai authorities, to find the suspects of the deadly blast near the shrine.

"The Embassy in Bangkok has informed Thai authorities that we stand ready to assist with the investigation as needed," embassy spokeswoman Melissa Sweeney said.

"We will continue to consult closely with local authorities regarding the attack and will provide assistance as appropriate." she added.

However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha refused the help from the US saying that "It won't be necessary to cooperate on the investigation with US officers."

"We need to help ourselves," the PM added.


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