Who’s Really Behind Thailand’s Erawan Shrine Bomb Blast?
Experts investigate the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok, Thailand, on August 18, 2015, the day after a deadly blast killed 22 people at the shrine. (Reuters: Athit Perawongmetha)
While Thailand’s police claim success in apprehending and identifying foreign suspects in the country’s deadliest-ever bomb attack, national intelligence agencies are pursuing local actors as the likely masterminds behind the crime. Rather than an act of ideologically-driven international terrorism, as portrayed by security analysts and echoed in media reports, the lethal explosion was more likely an act of local commission, motivated by rising tensions between rival political and security force factions jockeying for position ahead of a high-stakes royal succession.
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