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07 Aug 2019 | 06:50 AM UTC

Thailand: Police arrest nine people in connection to August 2 bombings /update 3

Thailand News Alert

Security forces arrest nine people as of August 6 in connection to August 2 bombings in Bangkok; investigation into blasts ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/7/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/14/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

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Event

At least nine people have been arrested in connection to multiple bombings in Bangkok as of Tuesday, August 6. A government spokeswoman announced on Tuesday that seven people were detained for questioning in regard to the series of small bombings that occurred in Bangkok on Friday, August 2. Police apprehended two suspects on August 2 at a police checkpoint in Chumphon province while they were traveling through the area on an inter-provincial bus. According to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, the blasts are believed to be linked to a rebel group that operates in southern Thailand. An investigation is ongoing as of Wednesday, August 7, and further security operations are possible in Bangkok and other areas in the coming days.

Context

On August 2, seven explosive devices were reported at five locations in Bangkok and Nonthaburi. Five of the bombs exploded, wounding five people. On Sunday, August 4, a low-yield improvised explosive device (IED) also detonated in the Pak Kret district of Bangkok.

Advice

Individuals in Bangkok are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant, report any suspicious objects or behavior to the police, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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