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Blue-shirted suspect was not involved in Samui car bomb attack

The man who was suspected to be involved in Samui Central Festival’s shopping mall car bomb explosion has turned himself in to the police to deny any role in the incident.

The man who was seen on the mall’s video footage wearing a blue shirt claimed that he did not drive the bomb-rigged Mazda pickup truck into the car park of the mall because he could not drive. A native of Tambon Ang Thong, he said rode a motorcycle to the mall, said Pol Maj-Gen Somchai Nittayabovornkul, deputy commissioner of Region 8 Provincial Police Bureau, today.

Police investigators released the man after the interrogation but, however, collected DNA samples from him to compare with DNA samples found at the crime scene.http://www.samuitimes.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

Three security guards working at the mall are being held in military custody for interrogation. It was reported that one of the three was under suspicion because he had a criminal record and police had collected his DNA sample for further tests.

Informed police sources said that two pickup trucks were used in the car bomb attack – one was rigged with explosives and the other used as a scout car. Both used an old route from Sabayoi district of Songkhla through Ranot district of Songkhla, Huasai, Tha Sala and Khanom districts of Nakhon Si Thammrat to arrive at Don Sak district of Surat Thani where they boarded a ferry to Koh Samui.

Thai PBS

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