Bangkok: Thailand's junta leader said on Tuesday that security forces have identified a suspect in an unprecedented Bangkok bombing that targeted foreigners at a packed religious shrine, killing at least 21 people. Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha on Tuesday branded the bombing the "worst ever attack" on Thailand, as he gave the first indications of who authorities believed were responsible."Today there is a suspect… we are looking for this guy," Prayut told reporters, adding the man was seen on closed circuit television at the blast site.
Prayut said the suspect was believed to be from an "anti-government group based in Thailand's northeast" — the heartland of the kingdom's Red Shirt movement that opposes the military junta.The attack occurred at dusk on Monday in one of the Thai capital's most popular tourism hubs, ripping through a crowd of worshippers at the Hindu shrine close to five-star hotels and upscale shopping malls.
Chinese, Hong Kong, Singaporean and Malaysian citizens were among the 21 people confirmed killed, with more than 100 injured as the blast sent a fireball into the sky and incinerated motorcycles.