Suspects’ DNA do not match those of at Bangkok blast area

Thai police say DNA test results of two suspects do not match DNA evidences found at Bangkok blast site, Erawan Shrine, where 20 people were killed on Aug.17

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Experts investigate the Erawan Shrine at the site of a deadly blast in central Bangkok

Police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri reported that DNA test results of two arrested suspects have not matched DNA evidences taken from Bangkok blast area. Two suspected bombers have no link to the area of the Bangkok blast, police said on Friday.

"The DNA test result of the suspect to whom we issued an arrest warrant yesterday, Mr. Yusufu, doesn't not match with DNA samples found on a bank note and vehicles," Prawut said.

Forensic tests have been carried out on two suspects to catch the masterminds of the Bangkok blasts. However, Thai police have found no link related to the site of the shrine blast.

"What matches is the fingerprints from cans and bottles which were used to hold chemical substances used for bombs (found in) Poon Anant's apartment. His DNA also matches with items (found in the apartment) such as toothbrush, nail clipper." Prawut said.

As the police were testing DNA samples of second arrestee Yusufu Meerailee if he is the prime suspect of the blast, a yellow-shirted man on the CCTV, investigators were trying to match Meerailee with DNA evidences left by the prime suspect in a cab, on a motorcycle taxi and on a banknote given to the driver.

Prawut said the police still claimed that he was “definitely involved in the bombing” but not sure if he was the chief suspect.

Thai military speculated that the perpetrators might be human trafficking gangs reacting to the crackdown of the police. Thailand has been neglecting the possibility of a militant group might be involved in the attack.

Evidences gathered so far have shown nothing that ties the two suspect directly to the blast but the police seized a large amount bomb making materials in raids on two buildings.

Four-faced golden statue of the Hindu god Brahma was repaired
Four-faced golden statue of the Hindu god Brahma was repaired

Erawan Shrine restores its damages

The damages caused by deadly blast on Aug. 17 in Bangkok have been restored. The centre piece of Erawan Shrine, four-faced golden statue of the Hindu god Brahma, was repaired by artists in Bangkok.

Thailand's Department of Fine Arts finished repairing the statue on Thursday.

An unveiling ceremony of the statue took place on Friday with the participation of worshippers and Thai soldiers. At the ceremony, Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said, the statue would "create confidence and raise the morale of Thai people and tourists".

A Hindu religious ceremony was also held on Friday at Erawan Shrine after the statue was repaired. Minister of the Prime Minister's Office, Panadda Diskul and the Deputy Governor of Bangkok, Asawin Kwanmuang attended the ceremony.

TRTWorld and agencies