CCTVs at bombed army hospital broken

Unsurprisingly, 9 out of 13 CCTVs at the scene of a recently bombed army hospital have been found broken. The police has confirmed the incident could be connected to previous bombings. 
 
On 23 May 2017, Metro Police officers investigated the scene of a bombing that took place the previous day  — the third anniversary of the junta’s coup — at Phramongkutklao Hospital, a Bangkok hospital run by the Royal Thai Army. The investigation found that 9 out of 13 CCTVs in the affected room were broken. 
 
But officers said there are still 64 CCTVs outside the room that could benefit the investigation.
 
Investigators have concluded that the bomber was well prepared and must have known the building’s layout and the hospital’s daily schedule. The police believe that the bomb was placed sometime between 8 to 10 am, when the hospital was crowded.

A mysterious warning letter

 
Pol Gen Sriwara Rangsipramanakul, the Royal Thai Police Deputy Commissioner, revealed that three days prior to the blast, another hospital near Phramongkutklao Hospital received a letter warning about the bombing. The police are investigating the origins of the letter.    
 
The letter was sent to the director of a hospital on Rama VI road, urging the hospital to be aware of a possible terrorist attack at a nearby public hospital. The director subsequently filed a report to the police.
 
Connected to previous blasts?
 
Sriwara also revealed that the type of the bomb set off at the hospital is similar to those behind the two other most recent blasts in Bangkok. The first took place near the old Government Lottery Office last month and another went off outside the National Theatre a week earlier.
 
Pol Col Kamthorn Oui-charoen, the head of the police explosives unit, said that the blast at the hospital could also be connected to bombings that took place in Bangkok during the red-shirt protests in 2007. He reasoned that evidence collected from the blast scene such as the type of plastic pipe, timer and battery circuit, is reminiscent of bombs from 2007. 
 
 
Police officers collect evidence from the blast scene (Photo from Tnews)
 

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