Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Tuesday that a male suspect has been identified on CCTV footage following Monday evening’s deadly blast in Bangkok that killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more.
“Today there is a suspect who appeared on CCTV but it’s not clear… we are looking for this guy,” he said, according to AFP.
Picture of a suspect making the rounds of social media, Police has not confirmed any details yet – pic.twitter.com/Wt1BbPtzwB
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Some reports quoted Prayuth as saying the suspect was from an “anti-government group in the northeast”, but the comment was not in connection with the CCTV footage.
Earlier, Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said that a clearer picture was emerging as to who was responsible for the attack. “It is much clearer who the bombers are, but I can’t reveal right now. We have suspects. There are not many people,” he told Associated Press. (READ: Bomb explosion in central Bangkok kills at least 22 – as it happened) Prayuth described the blast as the “worst ever” attack on Thailand, according to AFP. In a statement issued Tuesday morning, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The public is urged to remain calm and monitor the situation regularly while security agencies conduct their operations. “For the time being, it is too early to determine the possible motives or who the perpetrators may be.” There were also reports Tuesday that the junta leader had reshuffled his cabinet in the wake of the attack.
Eight foreigners are believed to be among the dead. China said three of its citizens were among the dead, while warning tourists to be careful. A Filipino, an Indonesian and a Singaporean were also believed to have been killed.
The attack, which occurred at about 7pm Monday, dominated the front pages of Thailand’s English-language press Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Thai baht dropped to a six-year low in the wake of the attack. It fell to 35.648 against the dollar in early trading on Tuesday, it’s lowest point since April 2009.