Thailand has trebled its reward for information leading to the arrest of the main suspect in the deadly bomb attack on the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok. Police are hunting for a man seen dropping off a backpack shortly before an explosion ripped through the popular site on Monday, killing 20 people. Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha said progress was being made in the investigation.
A multi-faith memorial to the victims of the attack was held at the shrine on Friday. Little evidence has emerged from the attack, which Prime Minister Prayuth called Thailand’s worst-ever. Police released a sketch and video of their main suspect, who has been described as foreign and is believed to have been working as part of a network. The reward for the wanted man now stands at three million baht ($84,000; £53,600).
In his weekly address to the nation, Prime Minister Prayuth said he would “expedite all investigations to bring perpetrators to justice”. The attack aimed to “discredit the government and create a climate of fear to deter tourists,” said the Thai police chief, Somyot Poompanmoung. He also played down his earlier suggestion that as many as 10 people might have been involved.