Original story: 8/12/16
Four people were killed and over 20 others wounded when bombs were planted in plant pots across Thailand in areas frequented by tourists. The first two explosions occurred along a street of restaurants and bars in Hua Hin killing two people and wounding 21 others. Hours later to bombs detonated in Patong, Phuket. A man was wounded in the attack. One person was killed in Surat Thani and another in Trang.
Two men were detained as suspects in blasts and fires in Phang Nga and Krabie. Police have found a mobile phone believed to have been a detonation device. A total of eleven bombs exploded throughout Thailand.
Security officials and embassies are warning their citizens in Thailand to travel with extreme caution and to avoid public areas.
Thai security forces believe the attacks are not terror related but are linked to the growing unrest with the government. They believe the bombs were an effort to create chaos and confusion. Source: Daily Mail: Thai police ‘knew attack was imminent’ but didn’t warn anyone
Update: 8/14/16: More bombs found
Thai police found more unexploded devices over the weekend. Investigators believe the coordinated attacks were led by one person and carried out by many others. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks across the nation. Source: Reuters: Thai police find more unexploded bombs following coordinated blasts
Update: 8/15/16: Thailand seeks investigation help
Thai investigators have asked for help from Malaysia to track down the owner of a mobile phone used to detonate one of the explosives. The mobile phone is believed to be from Malaysia. Investigators used the serial numbers to trace where the phone could have come from. Source: Aljazeera: Thailand ‘asks’ Malaysia for help to trace bomb suspect
Update: 8/16/16: Warrant issued
A warrant has been issued for a second suspect in the Thailand bombings. Authorities have not released the name of the suspect or where he or she could be located. Thai officials continue to state that the attack was not due to a Muslim insurgency or terrorist-related. One suspect has already been arrested for arson. Source: Reuters: Thailand issues arrest warrant for second suspect in deadly blasts
Update: 8/23/16: Suspects believed to be from the Deep South
Upwards of 20 people are suspected of being involved in the attacks. Investigators believe the people responsible are from the Deep South and will not rule out that separatists from the south could be trying to expand their armed rebellion into the north. No group has yet claimed responsibility but investigators are looking at other possible motives for the attack such as those opposed to this month’s constitutional referendum. The 20 suspects have not been identified but it is believed they were trained in Islamic high schools and from abroad. Police believe the attackers dressed as tourists, shedding their traditional garb for the attacks. Source: Thailand News: Thailand bombings: Police establish wider link to Deep South