Erawan Shrine Reopens; Police Releases Sketches of Bangkok Bombing Suspects

Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine Photo:  Shubert Ciencia/Flickr


Thai police on Wednesday released sketches of the prime suspects in the Erawan shrine bomb attack which claimed 20 lives and injured another 120 on Monday.

Police believed role of a “network” behind the plot, rather than a single man, the Associated Press reported.

A man wearing a yellow colour T-shirt has been identified as the first suspect. Images from the CCTV at the shrine showed the man walking into the shrine with a backpack and leaving it there, BBC reported.

Two more persons in red and white T-shirts were included in the suspect list after the CCTV footage showed them accompanying the main suspect.

Police believe that the main suspect is a foreigner, but also suspect involvement of Thai citizens in the act.

Thai police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri told The Guardian that the first suspect must be wearing a fake nose to hide his identity.  Reports also emerged on Wednesday show that the first suspect had already left the country, BBC reported.

Authorities have announced a reward of one million baht, $28,000 or £17,950, for providing information about the suspect.

The 54-year-old shrine, located at a busy Bangkok intersection, reopened Wednesday morning after authorities cleared remains of the bomb victims from its premises.

The image of Brahma (Phra Phrom)was slightly damaged in the bomb attack. Government has taken the initiative for repairs, according to The Guardian.

The devotees killed in the bomb attack were mainly from Thailand, China, Malaysia, UK, Singapore, Indonesia and HongKong.

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