Government: Samui blast may be doing of anti-government group disguised as Deep South insurgents’ work


BANGKOK, 14 April 2015 (NNT)

The car bomb at Central Festival department store on Samui Island may have been

an attempt by anti-government groups to stir up a situation under the disguise of an

attack perpetrated by Deep South insurgents, said the deputy government spokesman,

Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

According to Maj. Gen. Sansern, there is credible information pointing to the car

bomb having been set up in a way that the vehicle used to carry the bomb was

stolen from the Deep South province of Yala. He said security officials believed the

masterminds of the attack were individuals within a previously reigning political


Meanwhile, Police Major General Somchai Nittayabawonkun, deputy commissioner

of Provincial Police Region 8, said police were tracking down a man in blue shirt who

was seen on security cameras driving the car that later exploded into the shopping

mall’s parking lot. 15 security guards currently working at the shopping mall have

been questioned by police, and another 8 who no longer work there are being

summoned for questioning.