Image: Police sketch of the Bangkok bomber.
by Tokana Hasavi Jr – EM TV World News
The alleged suspect behind last week’s Bangkok bombing may still be in Thailand, according to Thailand’s Police Chief, Somyot Poompanmuang.
The suspect, who was identified via CCTV wearing a yellow shirt, fled the scene on a motorcycle taxi after leaving a backpack, five minutes before the explosion which killed at least 22 people,in Bangkok’s most famous and bustling Hindu shrine.
Poompanmuang said while investigations were ongoing, the lack of modern technology had hampered any progress in determining the full identity of the alleged suspect.
Police have interviewed the motorbike drivers and a sketch of the alleged suspect has been released.
“In terms of the CCTV cameras, some don’t capture images properly and some were damaged which is a waste of time for police piecing together where the suspect went,” the National Police Chief said.
Earlier, police said they had defused a bomb at a construction site but later said it was a small, old explosive not believed to be connected to the shrine blast, and a second explosion at a pier on Bangkok’s river the next day that caused no casualties.
The blast last Monday will inevitably dent the tourist industry, one of the economy’s few bright spots.
Economic woes could undermine the military government as it steers the country towards an election next year, under a new constitution that critics say will not end a decade of turbulent .