Three suspects in Pattani market bomb blast arrested

Crime scene investigators at the scene of the bombing in Nong Chik, Pattani, Thailand. (Bernama pic)

PATTANI: Thai security forces arrested three men believed to have been involved in a motorcycle bomb attack at Bo Thong Market in Nong Chik, Pattani in which two people were killed and 22 others injured on May 27.

Military 4th Division spokesman Colonel Pramote Prom-in said with intelligence and information from the public as well as footage from the closed-circuit television (CCTV), the three men, aged between 23 and 27 years, were arrested in Pattani yesterday.

He said the security forces arrested a 25-year-old man in the sub-district of Makrud in Pattani at 8.45 am (local time), believed to have sent and picked up the suspect from the scene.

“As result of the interrogation, the security forces arrested two other suspects, aged 23 and 27, in Pattani. The 23-year-old suspect was believed to have detonated the bomb while the 27-year-old man was seen hanging around at the scene.

“All the suspects confessed to having been involved in the bomb blast,” he told Bernama when contacted today.

Pramote said the three suspects were now detained at Ingkayuthaborihan Camp, Nong Chik, located about 500 metres from the scene to facilitate investigations.

He said the security forces were intensifying efforts to track down another suspect, Abdul Qadir Satapho from Mukim Pak Lo, who was still at large and was the one who mounted the bomb on the motorcycle,” he said.

On May 27, a 14-year-old teenager and a woman, 35, died in the incident at 4.15 pm (local time) and 22 others were injured, including a two-year-old child and four rangers who were on charge of security at the Ramadan Market.

In the incident, a 15-kilo homemade bomb was mounted on a motorcycle and was detonated using a walkie-talkie.