Aug 20, 2015 10:50 PM

The Latest on Bangkok: Ceremonies held to honor victims

The Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) The latest on the bombings in the Thai capital (all times local):


7 a.m.

Religious ceremonies were held to honor the victims of the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine four days ago. High-ranking government officials and diplomats took part in the ceremony involving five different religions in memory of the 20 people who died. More than 120 others were hurt in the blast. No one has taken responsibility for the attack.


11 p.m.

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 and then sending him with a news crew to the site of the tragedy to re-enact the event.

Nation Broadcasting Corp. president Adisak Limprungpatanakij posted a statement on social media on Thursday saying that Nation TV's management 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 said the station would consider disciplining those responsible.

He was responding to widespread astonishment and anger expressed on Twitter and other forums.

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


10 p.m.

Thai police say they have cleared two suspects in a bomb attack at a Bangkok shrine.

The two men were seen in a security video standing in front of the prime suspect at the shrine shortly before the bomb exploded Monday evening, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 120 others.

Police said Thursday 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.


2:20 p.m.

Distraught relatives of victims of Monday's deadly bomb attack in Bangkok have claimed the remains of their loved ones at a forensic institute.

The 50-year-old Gao Yu Zhu from China was overcome by grief while he waited to retrieve the bodies of his daughter Gao Yu Zhu and his wife Huang Lu Yan. They were among the 20 killed from the bomb explosion at the Erawan shrine in downtown Bangkok. Nearly 130 others have been wounded.

A day after the site reopenedc, Thais and foreign tourists are continuing to pray, light candles and laying flowers at the shrine.

Thai resident Sunee Tangsakul says: "When I came here ... I had goose bumps. I thought that this place was where human beings hurt other human beings. "

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Tassanee Vejpongsa, Bangkok


12 p.m.

Thailand's military junta spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree says that this week's deadly bombing in Bangkok was "unlikely to be linked to international terrorism."

He also said that Chinese tourists, who were among the victims, were not the "direct target."

"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.

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

On Tuesday, police issued an arrest warrant for the prime suspect, describing him as an unidentified "foreign" man.


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