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Thai police deactivate bomb in capital Bangkok, a week after an explosion killed 20 people in the city

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Buddhist monks pray with lighted candles near the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection for the victims an explosion in Bangkok
Buddhist monks pray with lighted candles near the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection for the victims an explosion in Bangkok

Thai police have deactivated a bomb in the capital Bangkok, a week after an explosion killed 20 people in the city.

A police spokesman said the bomb was left in the house of a construction worker on a road off one of the city's main thoroughfares.

Meanwhile  police said on Monday the trail had gone cold in the hunt for the bomber who killed 20 people in Thailand's worst ever bomb attack, and they were unsure if the chief suspect was still in the country.

Although half of the 14 foreigners killed in the blast at Bangkok's most famous Buddhist shrine were from mainland China or Hong Kong, tour operators said there was little sign that Chinese holidaymakers had been put off visiting Thailand, providing some relief for the economy, at least.

The main evidence police have to go on is security camera footage. Some, from the Erawan shrine, shows the suspected bomber slipping off a backpack and walking away.

The young man with a yellow shirt and dark hair was also caught on closed circuit television (CCTV) camera leaving the scene on the back of a motorcycle taxi.

But after that there was very little, police said.

"In terms of the CCTV cameras, some don't capture images properly and some were damaged which is a waste of time for police piecing together where the suspect went," national police chief Somyot Poompanmuang told reporters.