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Bangkok bombings now believed to be internal conflict rather than international terrorism

Security authorities now seem to give more weight in local conflict rather than international terrorism as stronger motive in the two bombing incidents at Ratchaprasong and Taksin bridge as investigation inched closer to persons masterminding the bombings.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha today called on the Ratchaprasong bomb suspect to surrender to the police saying he might be “silenced” by those who paid him to do the job.

He said what he was most worried about the bombing was that the bomb suspect might be silenced by his payer and therefore he urged him or others who were paid to come out to see the police with promise that the police would give them full protection.

Gen Prayut also said he believed the bombing was a work of more than one person or a movement which involved the payer.

The reason for doing that was still inclusive but he gave more weight to internal affairs.

The prime minister also thanked countries which offered help and voiced their concern.

At the same time Royal Thai Police commissioner Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuong said there were more persons involved in the bombings.

He also indicated internal conflict as the motive saying the bombing was well organized in order to discredit the government.

The bombings were carried out by organized movement so as to intimidate foreign tourists, foreign investors not to come to Thailand.

“They wanted to discredit the government, undermine the economy so as to make foreign investors to lose confidence in the country,” he said.

Thai PBS

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