Suspect from Thai blasts still at large

Suspect from Thai blasts still at large
A car bomb explodes as a member of a Thai bomb squad was inspecting it in Narathiwat province, south of Bangkok July 1, 2011.(File photo)

WITH "POLITICALLY MOTIVATED" bomb blasts rocking Thailand again on Sunday, the country has learned a hard fact that a prime suspect in old cases is still on the run.

A security-agency source yesterday revealed that the long arm of the law had not yet reached Kasi Dittanarat, who is wanted for allegedly stockpiling weapons at the Saman Metta Mansion in Nonthaburi province five years ago.

He is also likely linked to a 2014 explosion.

The source mentioned this piece of information only in the wake of Sunday's bombing incidents.

Some explosives in the stockpile accidentally went off at the Saman Metta Mansion, causing huge casualties and spreading shock across the country at the height of a political crisis in 2010.

Samai Wongsuwan, a red shirt and suspected bomber, was among the victims killed in the incident.

Evidence shows Samai had received money regularly from Kasi, a businessman who had exported urea and palm oil to the Middle East.

Natan Hayeedeuramae, Kasi's wife, Amporn Jaikorn and Ya Piyanara are also suspects in the same case.

Ya owns a pickup truck that was seen coming into the Saman Metta Mansion several times to meet with Samai.

The vehicle is also linked to various other bomb attacks.

Of all these suspects, Kasi is clearly the most important but he has never been apprehended.

A high-level security official yesterday said the two pipe bombs that exploded on Sunday were reminiscent of similar devices that killed two men in Bangkok's Min Buri district on March 29 last year.

It is believed the two victims were planning to send the pipe bombs somewhere but the devices accidentally went off.

The Min Buri incident has some links to the Saman Metta Mansion, according to authorities.

"Clearly, the latest bomb blasts are politically motivated and they are likely linked to underground activities during the political crises in 2010 and 2014," a security source said yesterday.

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