A man was arrested early yesterday for planting six homemade bombs at three spots in eastern Bangkok. The man, a goat farmer, had very little to say at a press conference called by Deputy PM Chalerm Yubamrung.
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Jirawat Chanpeng, arrested for allegedly planting bombs at three spots in eastern Bangkok, seems to be pondering his fate as his sits between Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung and national police chief Priewpan Damapong at yesterday's press conference. CHANAT KATANYU
Man arrested for planting six homemade bombs in capital
Six homemade bombs were found at three spots in eastern Bangkok early yesterday. Police have arrested a suspect who claims he laid them for political reasons.
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, national police chief Priewpan Damapong, and Metropolitan Police Division 1 chief Wichai Sangprapai inspected the three locations after the bombs were noticed in the early morning.
At the first spot, a bomb was placed by the wall of Bangkok Bank's Sukhumvit 77 branch (Prawet) in Lat Krabang Soi 20.
At the second spot, two bombs were found at the mouth of Kanchanaphisek Soi 89 in Prawet.
At the third spot, another three bombs were found at a U-turn under a bridge across Khlong Nong Prue opposite Suvarnabhumi market in Lat Krabang Soi 13.
Bomb disposal experts dismantled the devices.
Police say Jirawat Chanpeng, a goat farmer and native of Sakon Nakhon province, has been arrested and charged with planting the devices.
He was found at the mouth of Kanchanaphisek Soi 89 at about 3am. He denies the charges.
Mr Chalerm took the suspect before the media at the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). He said it was not clear at this stage whether there were any connections between the suspect and the bombs found near the Government Lottery Office (GLO) on Ratchadamnoen road on Dec 6.
Mr Chalerm said explosives ordnance disposal police who examined the bombs said they were made by a trained bombmaker.
MPB chief Pol Lt Gen Winai Thongsong said the suspect admitted only that he was driven by political motivations, although he was not aligned with any particular political groups.
Police say they tracked down and arrested the suspect as he was allegedly placing the bombs at the third spot.
Pol Maj Gen Ronnasilp Phusara, chief of the MPB's investigation centre, believed Mr Jirawat worked with accomplices because a car was noticed fleeing during Mr Jirawat's arrest. Police are looking for any others involved.
A police source said Special Branch police were tipped off on Tuesday that a group of suspects linked to the red shirt movement were plotting to plant the bombs and they were the same people who placed the bombs at the GLO.
Police had been tracking the suspects until they arrested Mr Jirawat yesterday morning.
The source said the suspect admitted he had once been a guard for the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
allegedly – stated without giving complete proof ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
plant – (of an explosive) to hide in a place where it can be exploded ฝัง
spot – the particular place where someone or something is ที่, สถานที่
ponder – to think carefully about something, especially for a noticeable length of time ครุ่นคิด, พิจารณา
fate – the things that happen or will happen to someone ชะตากรรม
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
press conference – an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
claim – saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
metropolitan police – the police in responsible for a city ตำรวจนครบาล
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
opposite – across from or facing someone or something ที่อยู่ตรงกันข้าม
bomb disposal – getting rid of bombs or making bombs harmless การเก็บกู้ระเบิด
expert – someone who has a particular skill or who knows a lot about a particular subject ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ
dismantle – to take something apart รื้อ
device – a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
native – someone who was born in a particular place ชาวพื้นเมือง
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
deny – to say that something is not true or does not exist ปฏิเสธ
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
stage – a part of an activity or process or a period of development ช่วง, ตอน
connection – something that connects two facts, ideas, etc. การเชื่อมต่อ การเชื่อมโยง
ordnance – weapons, ammunition, etc., especially military สรรพาวุธ, อาวุธยุทโธปกรณ์
trained – having received special instruction ฝึกหัดมาแล้ว
driven – determined to do something; motivated ซึ่งมีแรงบันดาลใจ, ซึ่งกระตุ้น
motivation – a reason for doing something แรงจูงใจ
aligned – supporting; connected with ที่สนับสนุน ที่เกี่ยวข้อง
track down – to try to follow and find someone or something ตามรอย
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something การสอบสวน
accomplice – a person who helps someone else to commit a crime or to do something morally wrong ผู้สมรู้ร่วมคิด
flee – to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger หนี อพยพ
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
tip off – to tell someone in advance about something that is going to happen or about something that is supposed to be secret เตือน, บอกให้รู้ล่วงหน้า
linked – connected เชื่อมโยง
movement – a group of people who share the same aim and work together to achieve it การเคลื่อนไหวเพื่อวัตถุประสงค์ทางการเมือง
plot – to make a secret plan with other people to do something bad วางแผน
United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) – the group originally formed to demonstrate against the 2006 coup and which supported the Somchai Wongsawat government against the PAD and which led the fight against the Abhisit government. They are known for wearing red shirts แนวร่วมประชาธิปไตยต่อต้านเผด็จการแห่งชาต
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