Thailand Police General Somyot Pumpunmuang said the same bombers who planted the Erawan bomb are the same people who threw their bomb in Sathorn Pier. He said police intelligence speculate the group to be made of foreigners and Thai who do not have the hearts of Thai.
Police investigation uncover the bombs to be improvised pipe explosives. TNT material stuffed into a metal pipe will disintegrate the pipe’s material, sending shards of metal during the explosion. Somyot said more than one person was behind the bombings.
The Erawan bomb had killed 20 individuals with majority foreigners. About 120 more people were fatally wounded.
“I can tell you now that there are not only foreigners involved in the incidents but some Thais must have taken part,” the police chief said. Foreigners, he said “could not have … walked their way onto the (Taksin] bridge. There must be Thai people involved whose hearts are not Thai.”
Recent CCTV footage shows a foreign national leaving his backpack near the approximate ground zero of the first pipe bomb that exploded in Erawan Shrine. Somyot confirmed authorities have ordered a manhunt for the young male.
The Erawan Shrine is a popular tourist attraction in Bangkok. It is a representation of Thai Hindu beliefs. The Sathorn pier is a major terminal that links Chao Phraya River commuting boats to the nearby Skytrain station. It is also a major tourist stop for tour groups.