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PM quashes rumors about Bangkok bombings

A number of unofficial reports have claimed that the recent Bangkok bombings are thought to have been perpetrated by the government, prompting Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to categorically deny such allegations.

The premier admitted the motives have not been discovered as yet, but said that the incidents might have been connected with previous incidents in the provinces.

The PM said the police were rapidly investigating the incidents, which possibly involved several people, and called on the public to give the police more time to work. No specific groups have been identified as suspects yet.

The premier commented that it was understandable for the mother of a male suspect, who has been arrested, to be very concerned while the police are checking the evidence, especially from CCTV cameras and the suspect might have been connected with others.

Members of the public were advised to watch out for suspicious-looking objects or persons and tell the authorities.

Police Immigration Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang said a CCTV camera at an immigration unit in Narathiwat province had caught the faces of two suspects, identified as Lu-ai Sae-ngae and Wildon Maha, natives of Narathiwat.

Their entry or departure via the southern immigration unit has already been reported to Police Commissioner General Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda.