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According to a report in the Nation the authorities know the full identity of those responsible for the car bomb that went off in the car park of Central Festival. However they are waiting to see if more evidence comes to light according to a source who quoted the Deputy Prime Minister and the Defense Minister.
“There are networks of operatives and other people involved and the attack who had nothing to do with the insurgency in the far South”, Prawit reportedly told a meeting of ministers working on a public relations plan to announce the Prayut Chan-o-cha government’s achievements over its six months in office.
National police chief General Somyot Poompanmuang backed Prawit’s comments, saying there was sufficient evidence against the masterminds of the attack but police were in no hurry to obtain court warrants for their arrest.
“Hurrying the case may result in the case being put at a disadvantage. Although we have obtained sufficient evidence, we are in no need to be in a hurry. We can wait until we are completely confident, before taking further action,” he said.
But when pressed on whether there was sufficient evidence against the masterminds, Somyot said he could not answer that yet.
He also refused to say whether a group of politicians that travelled to Surat Thani, on the mainland across from Koh Samui, would be summoned for questioning. “That will be decided later by case investigators. I cannot answer that,” he said.