Thailand’s leader is calling Monday’s bomb attack at a popular shrine in the capital, Bangkok, the “worst incident that has ever happened” in the country. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s remarks came as police attributed the explosion to a man seen in a security video.
Officials raised the toll from the attack to 20 dead and more than 100 others wounded.
Police released several images of the man seen in a security video apparently from the Erawan Shrine. In some, the man who is wearing a yellow T-shirt is carrying a backpack; in later images, he is seen without the backpack. Police described the man as a “suspect.”
Police Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri later told the Associated Press: “The yellow shirt guy is not just the suspect. He is the bomber.”
Chan-ocha, the prime minister, said in a televised address to the nation that the government will quickly “find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”
Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said Tuesday investigators were close to determining who was behind the blasts.
“It is much clearer who the bombers are, but I can't reveal right now,” he said. “We have suspects. There are not many people.”
It is worth noting that Thailand has a history of political unrest: In May 2014, the country’s military overthrew the elected government and seized power. Since then, protests against the junta in Bangkok and elsewhere are common, and while a few low-level explosions have been reported … none has been this powerful.