Thai police say they are trying to identify a man who was caught on CCTV dropping off a backpack in central Bangkok shortly before a blast that killed 22 people. They also believe the bomber might have had accomplices.
“We suspect he is the bomber,” national police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said of the young man in a yellow T-shirt and shorts who appeared on CCTV footage time-stamped minutes before the explosion on Monday evening.
“We are also looking for other suspects in connection with the blast. These types of attacks are not usually planned by one person alone,” he added.
The CCTV footage showed the man sitting on a bench and taking off a large, black backpack. He then stands up and walks away before checking his phone.
The national police chief, Somyot Poompanmoung, said investigators have not been able to establish the nationality of the man with the backpack, who was thin with dark black hair and wearing wristbands on both arms, or whether he is still in the country.
“I am confident that there are Thais involved but I am not saying it is just Thais or that there are foreigners,” he told a news conference. He said it was not clear yet if a small second explosion in Bangkok, on Tuesday, was linked to the first.
Culled from Reuters