DSI says March rocket attack targetted Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok

Wat Phra Kaew, The Emerald Buddha temple in Bangkok.

BANGKOK, May 1 (TNA) – A rocket-propelled grenade attack on March 20 which hit near the Defence Ministry building here was actually aimed at the revered Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the attackers might face terrorism charges, for which the maximum punishment is a death sentence, according to Tarit Pengdit, director- general of Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

Mr Tarit made the disclosure late Friday after two suspects were apprehended in connection with the attack.

The two male suspects were identified as former police L/Cpl Bandhit Sitthitum and Supanas Huivej, both aged 43, and both now facing immediate charges of illegal possession of ammunition and firearms. Their arrest warrants were issued earlier.


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