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Three guards detained over Samui car bombing – hunt under way for the driver of the truck

Footage from 123 security cameras from Samui’s Central Festival in Chaweng is being reviewed by Officers from Bangkok’s Crime Suppression Division and officers from Provincial Police Region 8. The teams are looking to identify a man dressed in blue who Region 8’s deputy chief, leading the investigation, is confident is the driver of the truck used in the bombing.

truck used in Samui bombingThe man was caught on camera driving into the mall, before parking in the lower floor car park, before leaving approximately one hour later. So far nobody has ruled out any motives for the bomb, police believe that it was carried out by militants from the Southern Province due to the fact the truck used was stolen from the Yala province. The bomb went off on the same night that a fire ravaged the Surat Thani Cooperative, intelligence officials believe that the two incidents were related and have political motivation, however Operations Commander Col Kriengkrai Srirak believes the two incidents are not linked, and says officials in the region and believe the fire was likely caused by a electrical fault, or perhaps arson.

Meanwhile, after giving conflicting statements to police three mall security guards have been taken into military custody. During a search of the men’s home police found items that they believe link the men to the bomb attack. Officers and sniffer dogs were able to recover components they believe were used to make the bomb, a map of the store and other evidence.

Police in Surat Thani are going through criminal record files it an attempt to identify people captured on CCTV travelling to the island in two vehicles on the morning of the bombing.

Maj Gen Somchai Nittayawornkul, the deputy commissioner of Provincial Police Region Eight say that more evidence will be gathered by officers before an arrest warrant is issued for the man in the blue shirt.

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