Thai police award themselves $84,000 Bangkok blast investigation reward
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Thai police award themselves $84,000 Bangkok blast investigation reward

Thai police have awarded themselves a 3 million baht, or $84,000, reward offered to the public for tips leading to the arrest of suspects in Bangkok’s deadly bombing after a man was arrested over the weekend in an apartment containing bomb-making equipment.

National police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said Monday that he was taking the unusual step of giving the reward to the police force both to motivate his officers and to show that Thailand’s police are good at their job.

“This money should be given to officials who did their job,” he said at a news conference as aides brought out stacks of 1,000 baht notes.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the money would be distributed to police officers.

On Saturday, police arrested a foreigner who they say was allegedly involved in the Aug. 17 bombing at Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine that killed 20 people. The man was arrested at an apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok where police seized bomb-making materials. He is in military custody and has not yet been charged.

“This arrest, I confirm is due purely to the work of police,” Somyot said, denying news reports that police had acted on tips.

Since the bombing, police have faced criticism for their handling of the investigation and sending contradictory and confusing messages to the public.