(3 February) A small explosive has been found in front of a Redshirts radio station in Chiang Mai province yesterday.
At around 11.30 the police were alerted of the incident, and quickly dispatched an EOD team to investigate the scene near Waroros Hotel and Wat Phra Singha Worawiharn Temple, where the Redshirts local radio station is housed.
The officers laid a car tyre over the explosive and later destroyed it with high-pressured water cannon.
Pol.Maj.Gen. Krit Kitilue said the bomb consisted of homemade TNT device without detonator, suggesting that the perpetrator simply intended to intimidate Mr. Petchawat Wattanapongsirikul, a local Redshirts leader and operator of the radio station.
Unknown assailants have also recently hurled a homemade explosive at the Mr. Petchawat′s radio station without causing any injury, Pol.Maj.Gen. Krit said, adding that the police will investigate CCTV footage in the area to identify the suspects.
Mr. Petchawat said he firmly believes the attack was politically motivated.
A certain "military officer" has previously warned him that he would be intimidated or even assaulted like another Redshirt leader in Udon Thani province, Mr. Petchawat told our correspondent. He refused to name the military officer.
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