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Sketch of Phuket bomb suspect released amidst heightened surveillance orders

PHUKET: Region 8 Police have released a sketch of a male suspect wanted for detonating a bomb in Patong on Friday morning, which left one motorbike taxi driver injured.

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Saturday 13 August 2016, 10:52PM

Sketch of Phuket bomb suspect released amidst heightened surveillance orders

The sketch was released earlier today (August 13) and follows Phuket Governor Chamroen Thipayapongthada and Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiwong paying a visit to Phuket’s sole bomb victim at his house this morning in Patong.

Somboon Kaikaew, 41, a Patong motorcycle taxi driver, suffered an injury to his right arm on Friday morning, when an explosion occurred at the traffic signal control box near the junction of Bangla Road and the beach road in Phuket’s premier tourist town.

Up until this point, speculation has been rife as few details about investigation progress have been released to the public. 

In a statement issued to the press this afternoon, Gov Chamroen gave his assurances that authorities are working tirelessly to track down the culprit or culprits behind the attack in Phuket.

The statement reads: “Phuket belongs to everyone, every nationality, every religion…  A world destination, we need to preserve Phuket to be a safety zone for the happiness of everyone, to be a destination of peace where everyone can travel, and return [home] having experienced nature or acquired goods… this or that, but we mustn’t be complacent with what’s happened, and employ measures for the private and public sectors to help serve as the eyes and ears. We will ensure that CCTV surveillance coverage is maintained in precarious areas, and fix where needed. In addition, we will ramp up security forces in populated areas.”

Phuket Provincial Police Commandar Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen also gave his assurances that authorities are working around the clock on heightened security alert.

Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen explained that his officers, together with Thachadchai Police, officers from the Third Naval Area Command and other security personnel in Thalang have inspected all vehicles coming onto the island via the Thachadchai checkpoint on the north of the island.

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“We have not found anything suspicious yet, but we’re also cooperating with security personnel working at commerce centres throughout the island [and have ordered them] to be vigilant in inspecting all vehicles coming and going.

“Law enforcement are distributing the sketches at all places throughout Phuket and adjacent provinces,” Maj Gen Teeraphol added.  

Authorities did not provide any other details about the sketch or suspect.

The Rakyat Post, a daily in Kuala Lumpur reports that a Malaysian mobile phone is suspected to have been used to detonate the Phuket bomb.

The Phuket News has yet to independently verify this claim. 

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Ed Sanders | 17 August 2016 - 12:40:30

Yes Rorii...just like the media everywhere (but probably worse here)...just providing the news that THEY determine you need to know about.  The message of mine that they refuse to print was not even that inflammatory, and actually defended the concerns of the general Thai population and the way the government officials have robbed them from the enjoyment of some of the nicest areas on their island.  Was my message critical of the routine government nonsense...? sure, but these people need to hear it. 

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stegee | 16 August 2016 - 22:27:05

what is the sketch based on and where are the cctv images??

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Rorii | 16 August 2016 - 16:11:34

Ed Sanders, censorship, on this site, happens a lot more than people realise.

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Ed Sanders | 16 August 2016 - 10:50:29

Censorship... 3rd world style. What an amateur rag

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Kurt | 16 August 2016 - 10:06:15

Horst, carbage doesn't belong in the sea and at beaches.
It is already some time ago that a group foreigners took initiative to clean Naiharn Beach once a month voluntarily.

By now it became already a large mixed group of foreigners and many thai who also realize bad environmental impact of all the carbage.
Last time 2000 kg of it was collected!

It is a pity that Rawai Obor Tor still sit to much on the hands in aircon offices, not doing daily cleaning, and still not provide enough carbage bins.

And by the way, why are the public showers at Naiharn beach still not working?
They were built/installed with a budget. Where is that part of the budget to let showers work gone too?

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Kurt | 15 August 2016 - 18:19:59

Silly Joe12 seems not to understand that Thailand this moment has no functioning constitution. Poor fellow.
Seems in his fish bowl it passed by him that last week there was a referendum about a constitution.

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stegee | 15 August 2016 - 18:02:44

make your mind up , horst- are you pissed off or having a laugh??
also you seem to suggesting that picking up rubbish isn't good for the environment?? sounds like you had a similar level of education to your boatboy buddies...

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jamesphuket | 15 August 2016 - 17:02:48

Phuket belongs to everyone?

We falangs do not have any rights no matter how long we stay here, the sooner you accept the fact you are here as long as you visa is valid and are spending money then Phuket "is yours".

The rules can change at anytime but as long as you accept that and have an escape plan in place then Phuket is fantastic place to be.

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Rorii | 15 August 2016 - 16:04:53

Joe12, definition of "guest"
a :  a person entertained in one's house
b :  a person to whom hospitality is extended
c :  a person who pays for the services of an establishment (as a hotel or restaurant)
:  an organism (as an insect) sharing the dwelling of another; especially :  inquiline
:  a substance that is incorporated in a host substance
:  a usually prominent person not a regular member of a cast or organization who appears in a program or performance

I doubt many people can show their "invitation", most are visitors.
You do  NOT invite people then threaten to have them tracked, you do not allow them to be scammed, you do not support xenophobia etc.

Now, go back and study roads, yours, Bangkok to Hau Hin, would go through the gulf of Thailand

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yvonne | 15 August 2016 - 14:51:47

Horst, I do know what to make of your comment.Do you not mind to live amongst garbage and litter then?There are some "stupid Farangs" that have not yet lost their morals and values living in Phuket and stooped down to levels like you,sitting and laughing amongt the"boatboys", that garbage and littering is acceptable. If every Farang picked up just 1 bag of litter in their immediate surroundings it will make a HUGE difference and ALSO encourage THAIS to join in and do 
so.Would not like to live in a neighborhood amongst Farangs or Thais, for that matter, that have an attitude like yours.It must look like a garbage dump no doubt.

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