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The Latest on Bangkok: Relatives claim bodies of victims

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 20 Aug 2015

BANGKOK (AP) ' The latest on the bombings in the Thai capital (all times local):___2:20 p.m.Distraught relatives of victims of Monday's deadly bomb attack in Bangkok have claimed the remains of their loved ones at a forensic institute.The 50-year-old Gao Yu Zhu from China was overcome by grief while he waited to retrieve the bodies of his daughter Gao Yu Zhu and his wife Huang Lu Yan. They were among the 20 killed from the bomb explosion at the Erawan shrine in downtown Bangkok. Nearly 130 others have been wounded.A day after the site reopenedc, Thais and foreign tourists are continuing to pray, light candles and laying flowers at the shrine.Thai resident Sunee Tangsakul says: "When I came here ... I had goose bumps. I thought that this place was where human beings hurt other human beings. "No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.' Tassanee Vejpongsa, Bangkok___12:00 p.m.Thailand's military junta spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree says that this week's deadly bombing in Bangkok was "unlikely to be linked to international terrorism."He also said that Chinese tourists, who were among the victims, were not the "direct target.""The security agencies have collaborated with intelligence agencies from a lot of countries and have come to the same preliminary conclusion that the incident is unlikely to be linked to international terrorism," he said.At least 20 people were killed and more than 120 injured in Monday evening's blast at Erawan Shrine, a popular tourist site that is known to attract Chinese visitors.On Tuesday, police issued an arrest warrant for the prime suspect, describing him as an unidentified "foreign" man.Join the conversation about this story
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