Thai PM says police investigating bombing should get tips from TV series Blue Bloods

Authorities said today it is “unlikely” the attack was carried out by international terrorists.


POLICE INVESTIGATING THE Bangkok bombing should watch the US crime series Blue Bloods for tips, according to the Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The Bangkok Post reports the prime minister stating:

“Police investigators, especially the national police chiefs should watch this series. They will get tips, ideas and insights for their case.”

“Though our officers may not be as capable as those in the series, we are good in our own league.

TV series 

Blue Bloods is police drama set in New York following an Irish-American family of police officers. Tom Selleck plays the character of Frank Reagan, the chief of police.

Thailand’s military junta said today that this week’s deadly bombing in downtown Bangkok that killed 20 people was “unlikely” to have been carried out by international terrorists.

A military spokesman also said that Chinese tourists, who were among the victims, were not the “direct target.”

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“The security agencies have collaborated with intelligence agencies from a lot of countries and have come to the same preliminary conclusion that the incident is unlikely to be linked to international terrorism,” he said in a televised statement.


Winthai did not give any details on how authorities reached this conclusion, which raised questions after police issued an arrest warrant for the prime suspect, describing him as an unidentified “foreign” man.

At least 20 people were killed and more than 120 injured in Monday evening’s blast at the Erawan Shrine, a popular tourist site that is known to attract Chinese visitors.

A manhunt was underway for a man shown in a security video leaving a backpack at a popular Bangkok shrine just minutes before a bomb exploded there. Police released a sketch of the man on Tuesday.


Authorities have offered a 1 million baht (€25,390) reward for information leading to his arrest.

Two other people seen on the video near the man are also considered suspects in Monday’s deadly bombing, police said late Wednesday.

The grainy security video shows the man, wearing a yellow T-shirt and shorts, sitting down on a bench at the shrine, taking off a black backpack and leaving it behind as he stands up and walks away.

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Time stamps show he left the shrine 15 minutes before the explosion, which struck just before 7 pm.

The two possible accomplices are seen standing in front of the man, said police spokesman Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri. One of the men was wearing a red shirt and the other was in white, and they were seen leaving the area shortly before the man in yellow also leaves.

At a news conference, Prawut expressed uncertainty about the man’s origin, saying the suspect “looks like a foreigner” but “might have been in a disguise and wearing a fake nose” to conceal his identity.

He faces six charges including conspiring to commit premeditated murder and conspiring to commit a bombing that resulted in death and severe injuries.

Additional reporting Associated Press 

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