The ‘Free Guard’ group, in a social media assertion, deny their members had been answerable for the incident which injured 4 individuals together with two cops and a information web site reporter on the scene. None had been critically damage.
Police have arrested two members of the ‘Free Guard’ pro-democracy group in reference to a bomb which was thrown at an anti-government rally in Bangkok on January 17th final.
Thai police on Thursday introduced the arrest of two suspects sought in reference to an explosion which injured two cops, a civilian and a member of the media at a protest demonstration on Saturday 17th January in opposition to Article 112 of the Prison Code organised by a pro-democracy group styling itself as ‘Free Guard’.
The 2 had been named by police at Pathumwan Police Station as 23-year-old Pornchai Prakaphuang and 19-year-old Natthasut Siri-ut.
Two had been named in arrest warrants sought by police on Wednesday from the Bangkok Prison Courtroom
The 2 detained had been amongst three named in arrest warrants sought and obtained from the Bangkok Prison Courtroom by police on Wednesday. Police are understood to be monitoring down a 3rd particular person recognized in reference to the incident.
On the 17th January, demonstrations led by the ‘Free Guard’ group began off at Victory Monument and had been compelled to maneuver to the Chamchuri Sq. procuring district earlier than police, in power and backed by riot management squads, moved in to make arrests resulting in scuffles between the protesters and officers.
Bomb exploded as protesters ended their rally
Protesters then demonstrated at a close-by police station after a number of leaders had been taken away to be held at Regional One Police Headquarters in Pathum Thani.
At four.30 pm, the protesters had returned to Chamchuri Sq. and had been once more given an ultimatum to disperse by police on the scene. As they complied, the bomb went off at 5 pm.
On Thursday, officers with the Metropolitan Police Bureau, following an intensive investigation, reported that the system used was a ping pong bomb the scale of a table tennis ball.
Hit cops and a web based information reporter
It was thrown into an space close to the place two cops had been stationed and the place a reporter with The Commonplace information web site was reporting on the day’s occasions.
The system induced shrapnel to fly which hit the police officer on the hand and the reporter within the calf of the leg. A civilian was additionally hit and injured by the system.
Nobody sustained critical or life-threatening accidents however such units, previously, have proved lethal in Thailand.
Ping pong bombs linked with subversive exercise
Ping pong bombs are small low-pressure units which have lengthy been related to anti-government exercise in Thailand together with bombings within the kingdom and the insurgency within the South.
They’re additionally generally utilized in gang warfare linked to high school and school rivalries in Bangkok amongst younger college students.
Arrested ‘Free Guard’ members deny involvement
The warrants issued for the arrest of three individuals on Wednesday cited an assault and assault on cops finishing up their duties by the ‘Free Guard’ trio in addition to explosives and weapons offences.
The political group, on its Fb web page, denied any involvement within the bombing though it acknowledged that the three sought are members.
‘Our members insist that they didn’t throw the bomb,’ the social media assertion claimed.