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Bangkok bomb suspect police to get $83,000 as reward

Thailand's police chief has praised officers investigating the bombing in bangkok which killed 20 people two weeks ago. And has promised to split a $83,000 reward between them for catching a suspect that they have yet managed to tie directly to the attack.

Thailand's Cheif of Police, Somyot Pumpanmuang Credit: REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom TPX IMAGES

Standing behind a podium topped with three bundles of banknotes, Somyot Pumpanmuang commended the detective work after the arrest of a foreign national whose name and nationality still remain a mystery.

"The accomplished work that led to the arrest is truly the work of the authorities and their investigative abilities... This was the work of the Thai authorities, there were no tip-offs." Somyot told a news conference.

Police have been criticised for a patchy investigation and have yet to say if the man arrested has provided any information or if his DNA samples, seized explosives, fake passports or telephone records connect him to the bombing at Bangkok's most famous shrine a fortnight ago.

Bangkok bombing suspect likely to be Turkish national

Police raided the suspect's flat reportedly also finding bomb-making equipment. Credit: Reuters

A suspect has been arrested in Bangkok in connection with the bombing that killed 20 people in Thailand's capital 12 days ago.

The man is thought to be a 28-year-old Turkish national, a police spokesman has said.

When officers raided his flat in a northern Bangkok suburb they found materials including detonators and metal pipes for making bombs, which police said were the same type as those used in the bombing of the Erawan shrine.

They also found dozens of passports, one with his photo.

Police earlier said they had discovered possible bomb-making materials that could have been used in the evening attack in Bangkok's busy centre on Aug 17. Credit: Reuters


Five reported dead after bomb blast rocks central Bangkok

A bomb blast in central Bangkok is believed to have killed several people and injured many more.

The chief of Thailand's national police said the loud explosion in the country's capital was caused by a bomb near a shrine.

Local media reported that five people were dead and 20 injured.

Read the latest updates on the blast here

Thai anti-coup protesters briefly scuffle with soldiers

Thai anti-coup protesters briefly scuffled with soldiers after a woman blew a plastic whistle and hurled insults, Reuters reported.

Protesters against military rule and soldiers deployed to control them confront each other at Bangkok's shopping district. Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Commuters take pictures of soldiers blocking the access to a pedestrian bridge. Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Soldiers detain an activist during the protests in Bangkok. Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

One dead, four hurt in attack on protesters in Bangkok

Riot policemen walk around during a registration of election candidates at a bus terminal centre near the Government complex in Bangkok. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

The number of people wounded in a firearm attack on Thai protesters has been updated to four, after an unidentified gunman opened fire on anti-government demonstrators.

One person was killed in the attack upon the protesters whose efforts to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have flared into violence in recent days.

Anti-government protester 'shot dead' in Bangkok

An anti-government protester has been killed and two injured in a gun attack in the Thai capital Bangkok, according to the Associated Press.

The incident early today close to a protest site will hasten fears that the country's political crisis could lead to a serious outbreak of violence.

Anti-government protesters gather outside the house of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Credit: Reuters

The Erawan medical centre said a 31-year man was killed with wounds to his torso.

Protesters are seeking to topple prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra ahead of elections scheduled for February 2.

Read: Police officer killed in Thailand anti-government protests


Thai elections 'will go ahead' in February despite protest

Thailand's government has rejected calls to postpone the election and said the February 2 poll "will go ahead", Reuters reports citing the deputy Prime Minister.

The decision to not postpone the election comes on a day when a police officer was killed after clashing with anti-government protesters in the country's capital, Bangkok.

Police officer 'shot dead in Bangkok' during protests

A police officer has been shot dead in Bangkok, Thailand, during clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters, AFP reports.

Riot police clash with anti-government protesters. Credit: REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Jongjet Aoajenpong, director of the Police General Hospital where the officer was taken for treatment told the news agency: "He was shot in his chest and brought to hospital by helicopter.

An anti-government protester runs away from teargas fired by riot police. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

"A team of doctors tried to resuscitate him for more than half an hour."

An anti-government protester throws a tear gas canister towards policemen. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Violence broke out after protesters tried to force their way into a sports stadium in the capital, where representatives from around 30 political parties were gathered to register for February elections.

Thousands gather outside Thai government building

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered outside Government House in Bangkok calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her administration to resign.

Protesters gather outside the fence in front of Government House Credit: Reuters

Some protesters climbed the fences but the gathering appeared to be mostly peaceful.

A protester waves the Thai flag Credit: Reuters

Yingluck said on Saturday the police would act with restraint if people tried to occupy public buildings, including their main target, her Government House offices.

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