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Thai Police Issue Arrest Warrant, Release More Info On Bombing Suspect

Authorities are hunting a man seen in a bright yellow shirt.

Thai police on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for the main suspect in Monday's bombing of a Bangkok shrine. The attack killed 20 people and injured over 100.

According to the AP, police are seeking to charge the suspect with "conspiracy to commit premeditated murder and charges related to possession of unauthorized explosives and weapons."

Police also released an official police sketch of the alleged assailant on Wednesday.

Here's the image: 

On Tuesday, police released CCTV footage of the suspect taken right before the attack. In the video, the alleged bomber is wearing a bright yellow shirt and is holding a backpack.

"The yellow shirt guy is not just the suspect. He is the bomber," a police spokesman told the Associated Press.

Police said on Wednesday said they believed the suspect had accomplices. 

"He didn't do it alone, for sure. It's a network," said Thai national police chief Somyot Poompanmoun.

As Reuters points out, the information that Thai authorities have offered paints a hazy picture of who is actually behind the attack. From Reuters:

Police on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for a "foreign" man, apparently basing this only on the fair colour of his skin, but senior officers publicly disagreed over whether or not he was wearing a disguise.

Two other men seen in the CCTV footage are also suspects, police said, without giving details of their appearance.

Police don't know whether the suspects belonged to a homegrown or foreign militant outfit.

 

The bomb had been placed inside the Erawan Shrine, a sacred Hindu site that is popular with both visitors and locals. Fears have emerged that tourism, which is one of Thailand's main industries, might suffer in the aftermath of the attack. 

 

 

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