More bombs found in tourist towns

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THAI po­lice dis­cov­ered un­ex­ploded bombs in three top tourist des­ti­na­tions over the week­end as they searched for clues to a wave of blasts that rocked re­sort ar­eas and killed four last week.

No one has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the bomb­ing spree, which hit seven south­ern prov­inces on Au­gust 11-12 and left dozens wounded, in­clud­ing Euro­pean tourists.

Po­lice said they know who to blame but have yet to re­veal a cul­prit or sus­pected mo­tive.

They have ruled out in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ist groups, call­ing the at­tacks an act of “lo­cal sab­o­tage”.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is pro­gress­ing. We know who was be­hind it,” deputy na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Piya­pan Ping­muang said, de­clin­ing to give fur­ther de­tails.

Un­ex­ploded de­vices were found and de­fused on Au­gust 14 in two bomb-hit ar­eas – the up­scale beach town of Hua Hin and the pop­u­lar is­land of Phuket, ac­cord­ing to in­te­rior min­istry per­ma­nent sec­re­tary Grisada Boon­rach.

“It is likely they were in­tended to ex­plode at the same time of the pre­vi­ous ex­plo­sions,” she said.

Po­lice said other un­ex­ploded de­vices were found on Au­gust 13 in Phang Nga province, which had been struck by bomb blasts and a sus­pected ar­son at­tack the day be­fore.

One man has been ar­rested over a sep­a­rate case of ar­son in Nakhon Si Tham­marat province and two men have been held for ques­tion­ing over the Hua Hin bomb­ings, po­lice said.

A junta spokesper­son con­firmed that mul­ti­ple peo­ple have been ques­tioned but stressed it was too early to iden­tify them as sus­pects.

The blasts are seen as an af­front to a mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment which prides it­self on hav­ing brought some sta­bil­ity to Thai­land since its 2014 coup. –

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