Erawan bomb suspect arrested

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Turkish suspect arrested in Bangkok with bomb making equipment.

Police arrested an Arab-looking man at a rented room in Bangkok’s Nong Chok district Saturday afternoon and found a lot of bomb making tools and materials.

The arrest took place at Poon-anand apartment in Nongchok district in eastern Bangkok. A large quantity of explosive-making materials were found at the apartment.

Initially, police said the suspect was a Turksih but Police spokesman Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri late said the suspect carried a fake Turkish passport.

As a result, police could not yet confirm his nationality yet.

Prawut said the suspect was not the bomber but might belong to the movement as police found bomb making materials in his room, including 0.5-mm ball bearings used in the bombs that exploded at the Erawan Shrine and the Sathorn pier.

The arrest was made after about 100 police and troops surrouned the apartment at at 1:30 pm.

Among things found were 0.5 cm diametre ball bearing similar to those found at the bomb sites at Ratchaprasong Intersection and Sathorn pier. The Ratchaprason attack happened on August 17.

Police and troops surrounded the apartment building on Soi Chuamsamphan 11 for about two hours before making the raid.

Several senior police officers joined the raid, including Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sriwarah Rangsitpramkul and Crime Suppression Division Commander Maj Gen Akkaradej Pimolsri.

The suspect was renting rooms No 412 and 414 on the fourth floor of the apartment, a police source said.

The explosion at the Erawan Shrine on August 17 killed 20 victims, mostly foreign tourists. I also injured more than 100 others.

A man in yellow shirt was seen leaving a backpack under bench in the shrine compound shortly before the bomb went off.

Feeds from security cameras led to facial sketch of a foreigner who appeared like an Arab. A police source said the arrested Turkish looks resemble to the facial sketch of the bomber.

Sriwarah said the suspect rented about three to four rooms and police were checking the rooms.

Sriwarah confirmed that police found some materials in the suspect’s rooms that were similar to those used in the two bombs.

Sriwarah added that the suspect had started renting his room in July.

 

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Police has scheduled a press conference for 6pm.

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Op de Fiets van Phnom Penh #Cambodia naar Woerden #Netherlands

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Toen we uit Phnom Penh vertrokken fietste een hele vriendengroep de eerst 40 kilometer met ons mee.

Woerden - PPPrecies 226 dagen geleden vertrokken twee Woerdenaren op de fiets vanuit Cambodja. Gisteren passeerden ze na 12.300 kilometer de gemeentegrens van Woerden, een schat aan ervaringen rijker.

Als Jolanda Zwetsloot (36) en haar man Brecht van der Laan (35) hun avontuur in één zin moeten vatten, dan is het: de wereld is veel mooier dan ons wordt wijsgemaakt door de media.

Bang
Jolanda Zwetsloot: ,,Op een van de laatste dagen in Duitsland kwamen we aan de praat met een aardige, oprecht bezorgde Duitse. ‘Cambodja? Je had wel dood kunnen wezen! Lezen jullie geen krant dan? Kijken jullie geen tv?’ Nee, wij kijken geen tv. Daar word je alleen maar bang gemaakt. De wereld is echt veel mooier. Wij hebben werkelijk alleen maar aardige mensen meegemaakt. Die keren dat we bang waren, was voor een storm of zwaar onweer.”

Vier jaar geleden was het Woerdense stel naar Cambodja geëmigreerd om te helpen het land weer op te bouwen. Zij in de hulpverlening, hij in de duurzame energie. Mountainbiken was hun hobby en in hun vrije tijd maakten ze lange tochten.

Toen met kerst vorig jaar hun contracten afliepen en ze besloten hadden terug naar Nederland te gaan, zeiden ze ‘met een gekke bek’ tegen hun vrienden: ‘We gaan fietsen’. Twee weken later vertrokken ze op nieuwe bikes met tassen achterop.

Wildkamperen
,,Een tent hadden we niet bij ons. In Azië kan je overal goedkoop overnachten in guesthouses. Maar in het onmetelijk China lagen die zo ver uit elkaar dat we toch een tentje moesten kopen. We hebben veel wild gekampeerd,” meent Zwetsloot.

,,Toen we uit Phnom Penh vertrokken fietste een hele vriendengroep de eerst 40 kilometer met ons mee. Elke dag maakten we iets mee, dat nieuw was, dat we nog niet wisten of kenden. In Cambodja spraken we de taal nog, maar dat hield op aan de grens,” vervolgt ze. ,,Van lang niet alle landen bestaan goede kaarten. In Laos reden we op een mooi, brede geasfalteerde weg, die alsmaar smaller en slechter werd. Totdat die in de bush ophield. Het kostte ons een dag om terug te fietsen.”

,,Toen we in Vietnam aankwamen,” gaat ze verder op de wereldreis, ,,was het daar Vietnamees nieuwjaar: drie weken groot feest. Overal werden we uitgenodigd om het mee te vieren. En overal kregen we voedsel voor onderweg. Soms wel een paar kilo.”

Smerig
,,In de richting van China werden de toiletten steeds smeriger. En in China zelf waren het vijf gaten naast elkaar. Je zit gewoon naast elkaar, maar ook dat went. We hebben in de uitlopers van de Himalaya een pas beklommen van 4700 meter. Het dak van de wereld. Dat was een soort van expeditie.”

,,Het viel met lekke banden erg mee. Wel hadden we pech dat in Servië het achterwiel van Brecht bezweek onder het gewicht de bagage. Een vriendelijke voorbijganger heeft de fietsen ingeladen en ons 45 kilometer verderop bij een fietsenmakertje afgezet. Dat was heel erg aardig van hem,” meent ze.

Voetbal en oorlog
,,In bijna elk dorp op de route kwamen mensen hun huizen uit om ons te verwelkomen. Op de fiets door de wereld trekken, dat kennen ze niet. Ze wilden alles van ons weten. En ja, iedereen denkt dat wij heel goed kunnen voetballen. Arjan Robben, hé. In veel landen zagen we sporen van oorlog, vernielde huizen, granaatinslagen. Laos, Cambodja, Servië, waar niet eigenlijk. Dat zet je wel aan het denken. In Europa merk je dat je met elke kilometer weer langzaam went aan het leven in Nederland. Dat is heel anders dan dat je in het vliegtuig stapt. Dan heb je ineens een cultuurschok.”

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Rumors start about #Facebook opening #Thailand office in September

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Rumors about Facebook opening an office in Thailand spread like wildfire after the company posted another Bangkok-based job listing on Friday.

Facebook is set to reveal more about its expansion to Thailand at a private event next month.

The invitation to the event, created on event management website Splash That, has been shared on several Thai tech blogs today, with speculation that Facebook Thailand will officially open its doors on Sept. 17.

While the event claims to be extremely exclusive, the invitation looks spammy and amateurish and it doesn’t even have a Facebook logo on it.

If Facebook plans to make a move to the land of smiles, don’t they want all of their 30 million users to know?

Anyway, it is a fact that Facebook has just posted another job listing for a “Client Solutions Manager” in Bangkok after it looked for the “Head of Thailand” in May. Looks like this candidate doesn’t need to be a Thai national or speak Thai.

Below is the job listing for Facebook, if you think you have what it takes.

Client Solutions Manager

The Client Solutions Manager for Facebook’s Global Marketing Solutions team is a strategic and enthusiastic solution-driver who puts our customers at the core of everything we do. This is an outstanding opportunity to build and manage key relationships, be a platform and product expert, and become an expert in media planning, strategy and measurement to our Fortune 500, multi-channel advertisers. With proven understanding of both online and traditional media, this role is responsible for partnering with the sales team to develop industry-specific relationships, drive revenue by negotiating and optimizing complex opportunities, and use data and analytics to build a consultative solution for our customers. The Client Solutions Manager will establish and strengthen key client relationships with a focus on driving revenue, advertiser education & advertiser satisfaction. Success in this position requires strong consultative sales, analytical, and technical skills, a focus on client service, and the ability to thrive in a dynamic, team-focused environment delivering against tight deadlines.

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#Bangkok, We deserve better than Thai police’s bumbling bombing investigation

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To reassure nervous tourists after Thailand’s worst terrorist attack in memory, Police Chief Somyot Poompanmoung went straight to the beating heart of Bangkok’s lucrative tourism industry and made an announcement.

“I suspect that he may have left,” he said about the main bombing suspect in a press conference at notorious Nana Plaza last Friday.

He then canvassed the redlight district assuring punters that they could continue their boozing and prostitution-mongering without fear of a deadly attack.

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At one point in the evening he was aptly photographed in front of a girlie bar named Suckers.

In their relentless drive to “return to normal” (i.e. keep the tourist bucks flowing) after the bombing, police may have overlooked and contaminated evidence. Human remains reportedly fell from a tree near the blast site two days after the explosion. A BBC reporter found shrapnel across the street from Erawan Shrine days after the attack, and when he tried to hand it over to police they said their headquarters was “closed.”

Yet Somyot has publicly blamed mainly his men’s lack of “modern equipment” for the fruitless investigation so far. “We have difficulties with technology and data,” he added.

Perhaps it’s not modern equipment that they need, so much as basic modern forensic training.

The Thai police have taken their eyes off the ball with a public show of force and horses called “Operation Lock Down the City, Raid the Bandits’ Nests,” which saw 142 arrests totally unrelated to the bombing. Typically, their messaging is totally un-coordinated, with conflicting statements given to media every step of the way… often by the same police officer. And predictably, they’ve butted heads with Bangkok City Hall after accusing them of failing to keep CCTV cameras operational.

It’s easy to joke about how bumbling the Thai police investigation has been, but for the families of those killed and injured this is no laughing matter.

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