Warrants out for bomber, shooter

Arrest warrants have been issued for the main suspect in the Jan 19 grenade attack on protesters at the Victory Monument rally site and a gunman in connection with the fatal shooting of anti-government protest leader Sutin Tharatin at Wat Sri-iam on Jan 26, Royal Thai Police spokesman Piya Uthayo said on Thursday.

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The Victory Monument suspected bomber was identified as Kritsada Chaikae, 43, of Kanchanaburi, Pol Maj Gen Piya told a press conference.

The Criminal Court approved the police request for an arrest warrant after the DNA tests based on samples taken from the suspect’s hat and T-shirt proved positive.  

Pol Maj Gen Piya said there is a reward of 500,000 baht offered for information leading to the suspect’s arrest, posted by Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang, and another of 200,000 baht approved by national police chief Adul Saengsinkaew. 

The court also issued an arrest warrant for an unidentified gunman in the Sutin murder case. He is wanted on charges of carrying firearms in public without permission and shooting a firearm in public without reasonable grounds.

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