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Thai TV station apologises for re-enacting deadly bombing

Meanwhile, two potential suspects have been cleared.

Police sketch of a man who left a backpack near the shrine shortly before the explosion.
Police sketch of a man who left a backpack near the shrine shortly before the explosion.
Image: Thai Police

Updated at 11.30am

A THAI TELEVISION station has issued an apology for dressing up a staffer to look like the suspect in Monday’s deadly bombing in Bangkok.

The man was then sent with a news crew to the site of the tragedy to re-enact the event.

Nation Broadcasting Corporation president Adisak Limprungpatanakij posted a statement on social media today saying the station offered its sincere apologies. He said the plan was made “without consideration for the sensitivity of the public and with disrespect for the dead.”

He added that the station would consider disciplining those responsible.

There was widespread astonishment and anger expressed on Twitter and other forums about the re-enactment.

At least 20 people died and more than 120 others were injured in the explosion. No one has claimed responsibility.

Suspects cleared

Earlier, Thai police confirmed they have cleared two suspects.

The two men were seen in a security video standing in front of the prime suspect at the shrine shortly before the bomb exploded.

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Police one of the men in the video is now known to be a Chinese tourist and the other was his Thai tour guide.

National police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri said the two men “definitely” are no longer suspects.

Thai authorities have given confusing statements about the bombing investigation and appear to have few solid leads other than the security camera video.

Meanwhile, distraught relatives of victims have claimed the remains of their loved ones from a forensic institute.

Originally published: 22.19

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