LOCAL media reports say that Thai authorities have sought cooperation from Malaysia to investigate a mobile phone found at one of the locations in Phuket where bombs rocked popular tourist spots.
Citing “security sources”, Malaysia’s national news agency Bernama reported that the suspected mobile phone originated from Malaysia. The mobile phone was partially destroyed in the blast, but the part with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s serial number printed was still legible.
The device has been reportedly handed to Malaysian police for further investigation.
Mobile phones are believed to have been used by the attackers, who are still at large, to detonate the bombs which ripped through southern Thailand over the last three days, killing four people and injuring dozens of others.
The anonymous source said the SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card in the mobile phone was destroyed, which will hamper the investigation.
Most of the attacks took place on Friday, which has been a particularly sensitive point due to it being a holiday to mark the Queen’s birthday.
Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, the inspector-general of the Royal Malaysia Police, told Bernama: “We are willing to give full cooperation to Thailand’s authorities to facilitate investigations into the incident.”
Following the attacks, a number of unidentified political leaders – several of them reportedly “red shirt” supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra – have been reportedly detained for questioning.
According to Nation Multimedia, Shinawatra has received accusations of orchestrating the attacks, which he has denied.
Thaksin Shinawatra threatens to sue people who point out he did the bombings. People aren't scared, are fighting back, & won't shut up.
— AltThaiNews (@AltThaiNews) August 14, 2016
Pheu Thai Party spokesman Noppadon Pattama said in Shinawatra’s defense that such accusations amount to “slander and defamation”, and the former prime minister will sue anyone making these “false accusations”.
He was quoted saying: “All the former prime ministers love and worry for the country. None of them would condone such evil acts.”