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Thai police look for shrine blast suspect

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 01:33

Thai authorities are looking for a suspect seen on CCTV footage as they investigate into Monday night's deadly bomb blast in Bangkok. Yiming Woo reports.

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Thai police are looking for this man -- security footage shows him near a popular shrine, where a bomb blast killed more than 20 people. He was seen before with a backpack, and then later without one. Police chief Somyot Poompanmuang says trace evidence was hard to find. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) POLICE CHIEF SOMYOT POOMPANMUANG SAYING: "This time, the attack was a 'perfect bombing'. There was no evidence left that could identify how the bomb was assembled, how it worked, even the residue from the bomb that could have been used to identify the type of the bomb wasn't available." The government says the attack in the commercial centre was aimed at destroying the country's economy. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha promises the safety of foreigners in the country, and that authorities will track down those behind the attack. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) THAI PRIME MINISTER, PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA, SAYING: "In our country there are individuals or groups of individuals who are seeking to destroy the country. The ongoing attempts at destruction might be politically motivated, targetting the economy, tourism for whatever reason. The government will work to find those perpetrators and bring justice upon any networks involved as soon as possible." The Erawan shrine sits on a busy corner near hotels and shopping centres and is a major attraction for tourists.

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Thai police look for shrine blast suspect

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 01:33