Saturday, August 22, 2015

22-Aug-15: A suspect is named following last week's massive Bangkok bomb massacre

Workers clear up debris and wreckage at the Bangkok shrine
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From SKY News Australia today:
Thai authorities have identified the prime suspect in the Bangkok bombings. He's been named as Mohamad Museyin, who is believed to be the man captured on security footage at the site of the attack just before the blast. Meantime the reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest has been boosted to almost 80-thousand dollars. 22 people were killed and more than 120 people were injured in the explosion at a Hindu shrine. 
They are referring to a fuzzy image of a male in a yellow t-shirt, captured in security camera footage, following a massive bomb blast a few days ago (around 6:30 pm on August 17, 2015) in a Hindu religious shrine located in a central part of Thailand's capital, Bangkok, next door to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in the glitzy Pathum Wan district. (The well-known Central World, Amarin Plaza and Gaysorn shopping malls are in the same district.) The Lord Brahma Erawan Shrine attracts a mainly Chinese crowd, and often featured performances by resident Thai dance troupes.

Bangkok is the world's second-busiest tourist destination. TIME says more than half of the casualties in Monday's bomb attack were visitors.

Guests at the Grand Hyatt recounted the horrific moments after the explosion:
Francesco Fabbiani was relaxing with his wife and three children on the fifth floor swimming pool of the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel in the heart of Bangkok when he heard a loud bang. "I felt the entire building shake and the water was splashing back and forth," the 44 year-old Italian from South Tirol said. "It was actually my son who noticed it at first: small bits of debris and body parts landing in the pool area... There was smoke and screaming..." [Dalje, August 18, 2015]
The bomb was said to be based on about 5 kg of TNT explosive, with an explosive radius of about 40 metres. Two additional suspects have been identified from the same closed-circuit video footage, but have not yet been apprehended.

A Muslim insurgency in Thailand's far south has claimed thousands of lives since it got underway in the early 1960's. Over 6,000 people have died and more than 10,000 were injured between 2004 and 2014 [Wikipedia].

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