A Thai military court indicts two foreign men, Bilal Mohammed and Yousaf Mir, for the Erawan shrine bombing. The charges include attempted and premeditated murder, possession of illegal weapons and illegal entry. Authorities say that the accused have been in custody for nearly three months, and have both confessed to their roles in the blast which killed 20 people and injured scores more.
The Thai army says that it is unlikely the attack on Erawan shrine in central Bangkok was launched by an international terrorist group, and suggests that “local perpetrators” are more likely to be responsible for the murder of 20 people. However, authorities say the prime suspect in the bombings is foreign. At least 10 people are suspected of involvement in the attack, and that the attack was planned at least a month in advance.
A bomb made from a pipe wrapped in cloth explodes at the Erawan shrine in Chidlom, an upmarket district of the Thai capital, as it was packed with tourists and locals. 19 people are killed and 123 injured. So far the death toll includes ten Thais, one Chinese and one Filipino.