Bangkok blast: A look at the main suspects

Commentaries and Op-eds August, 2015, The Lowy Interpreter

At 6.55pm yesterday in central Bangkok a bomb blast ripped through the heart of the city. The explosion — in Ratchaprasong near a Hindu Shrine, five-star hotels and busy shopping malls — seemed designed for maximum casualties. At least 19 people were killed and over 120 injured.

There is much speculation about the actual target. While most initial reports said the bomb targeted the Erawan Shrine, that may simply have been a convenient place to deposit the device; two other bombs were discovered and defused nearby.

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