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Single mastermind behind Thai attacks

dpa logodpa 14/08/2016

Thai police say they have a "clear idea" of the mastermind behind a series of bombs attacks killing four people.

Thai police say one mastermind was behind the wave of bomb attacks on popular tourist destinations that killed four people and wounded dozens.

Speaking to reporters, Deputy National Police Chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen said police have a "clear idea" of who was behind the bomb attacks.

"The events are connected, carefully planned and carried out across many areas and masterminded by one individual," he said without elaborating on who the individual was or their motive.

The attacks on Thursday and Friday on tourist destinations and official buildings across five provinces left more than 30 injured with at least 10 foreigners among the casualties.

Police released a sketch of an individual believed to be part of the network responsible for the bombing.

Authorities also received an arrest warrant for an arsonist that set fire to a department store around the same time as the bombings.

Pongsapat said that the two events were connected.

National Police Chief Chakthip Chaijinda says the bombings may have been carried out by opponents of a military-drafted constitution, which was approved in a referendum last week.

The two main political parties, both of which campaigned against the constitution, have condemned the attacks as reprehensible and called for a speedy investigation.

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