Thai police say 90% of bombing tip-offs bogus

2015-08-24 18:17
Shrine blast suspect. (AP)

Shrine blast suspect. (AP)

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Bangkok - Ninety per cent of the tips Thai police have received on the Bangkok bombing have not been authentic, the country's top police officer said on Monday, following the recent tripling of the reward.

Police Chief Somyot Poompanmoung told reporters that one week after the bombing of the Erawan shrine, most of the call-ins to police hotlines have been untrue and made by people "who have bad motives".

Police are now offering 3 million baht (about R1.1m) for information leading to the capture of the bombing suspect.

Somyot said he was confident the suspect would be caught and denied police were working inefficiently.

He also revealed that police had placed orders for equipment that would help in the analysis of CCTV and camera footage.

The Erawan Medical Centre told dpa that a week after the bombings, 14 victims remain in intensive care.

Twenty people died from the blast and 123 were injured.

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