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by royce tan
Mangled and twisted: Adul (centre) inspecting the wreckage of a pick-up truck believed to be the car bomb which exploded at the Haadyai police compound during his visit to the blast site Thursday. -G.C.TAN / The Star
HAADYAI: Police here have released CCTV footage of the four suspects involved in the bombing of the city.
The footage showed one suspect riding off with an accomplice after parking the bomb-strapped motorcycle outside the 7-Eleven in Ponpichai Road.
Another clip showed the driver of a black pick-up truck, believed to be the car bomb, leaving with an accomplice on another motorcycle at the site of the second explosion, the Haadyai police station.
Thailand assistant police chief Lt Gen Korkiat Wongworachart said they believe the four suspects were also involved in a series of insurgent bombings in the border towns of Danok, Padang Besar and Sadao in December last year and also the deadly Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel blast in 2012.
There is now a 400,000 baht (RM39,893) reward for information leading to the arrest of the four suspects, a 100,000 baht (RM9,973) bounty for each.
Earlier, Thailand police chief Adul Saengsingkeaw said the force had beefed up security in the country.
“The safety of the people is of utmost importance and we need to regain the people’s confidence in the police force.
“Policemen will be stationed at every main road and will conduct checks on vehicles,” he told reporters after inspecting the blast scene at the Haadyai police station in Phet Kasem Road yesterday.
On Tuesday, a 15kg bomb went off at the construction site of a new building for the Haadyai police station.
The blast destroyed some 30 cars parked there.
An explosion occurred 10 minutes earlier in front of the 7-Eleven located about 2km from the police station.
Adul said a special centre and task force had been set up to look into and speed up the handling of bombings and violent cases in Haadyai and southern Thailand.
“We are close to identifying the four suspects involved in planting the bombs at the two locations and we are reviewing the CCTV footage thoroughly,” he said, adding that a check on the pick-up truck showed that it was stolen in Yala in August last year.
Also present at the press conference were Lt Gen Korkiat, Ninth Region Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Pisit Pisutsak and Songkla police chief Pol Maj Gen Akaphop Prasitwattanachai.
In an unrelated incident, the house of one of the Constitutional Court judges in the Lat Phrao district became the target of a grenade attack.
Grenades were also thrown at the Siam Commercial Bank headquarters in the same district and the Chulabhorn Hospital in the Laksi district, after the court removed Yingluck and nine other ministers from office for abuse of power.
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