CCTV shows Bangkok bomb blast
19 August 2015, Nirapad News: Video footage has emerged of a key suspect police want to question in connection with the deadly bomb blast in the Thai capital Bangkok.
The footage, from a CCTV camera, shows a man in a yellow shirt leaving a backpack in the Erawan Hindu shrine, reports the BBC.
At least 20 people died in Monday’s explosion, including nine foreigners, and more than 120 were injured.
In a separate attack on Tuesday, an explosive device was thrown at a pier in Bangkok but no-one was hurt.
Still images of the suspect had already been released.
In the new footage, he is shown carefully and deliberately removing his backpack inside the shrine, getting up without it and immediately leaving the scene.
The spot where he was sitting is precisely where the bomb went off a few minutes later, says the BBC’s Jonathan Head in Bangkok.
‘There is a suspect… we are looking for this guy,’ Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.
‘The yellow shirt guy is not just the suspect. He is the bomber,’ police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri told the media.
The bomb was detonated at about 19:00 local time (12:00 GMT) on Monday when the shrine, and the nearby Ratchaprasong junction, were crowded.
PM Prayuth called it the ‘worst ever attack’ on Thailand.
‘There have been minor bombs or just noise, but this time they aim for innocent lives. They want to destroy our economy, our tourism.’
In a televised address, he pledged the government would do all it could to bring the perpetrators to justice and told foreigners living in the country that it would try to safeguard them.
In Tuesday’s incident, a device – possibly a grenade – was reportedly thrown at the busy Sathorn pier in Bangkok.