Suspected bomber admits he dislikes coup and military-installed government

Suspected bomber Wattana Poomaret told a press conference on Tuesday that his only motive to launch bomb attacks in Bangkok since 2007 was that he opposed military takeover and post-coup military-installed government as they hurt the economy and threaten people's right and liberty.

However, he claimed that every time he detonated a bomb, he would try to make sure no one would get killed because his only intention was to convey a symbolic gesture to the military-installed government that the grassroot people did not want the government.

He asked for forgiveness from people who were injured as a result of the bomb explosions that he committed.

The 62-year retired electrical engineer who used to work at the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and a follower of the red-shirt movement told the media that he was the Lone Wolf who was solely responsible for a bomb attack in 2007 and three bomb attacks this year.

Pol Maj-Gen Choeypol Chatchaidet, commander of the Special Branch, said at the same press conference that Wattana confessed to staging three bomb attacks this year, including the one in front of the former Government Lottery Office on Rajdamnoen Avenue, the one in front of the National Theatre and at the Phra Mongkutklao hospital as well as the bomb attack in 2007.

Wattana was handed over to the police today after he was held in military custody since his arrest about a week ago and was presented to the media today.

Wattana claimed that he likes soldiers in general, but dislikes only some of them who made use of the people for political ambitions. He also admitted that he used to attend the demonstrations of both the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and the anti-Thaksin People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) led by Suthep Thuagsuban.

The suspected bomber said that he hoped his actions would inspire cooperation between the military and the people to search for sustainable peace in the society.

The national police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda, praised the police team for their success in solving the bombing cases, saying that, normally, there was a slim chance of nabbing a Lone Wolf.

Although the suspect has confessed that he acted alone in 4-5 bomb attacks in Bangkok, he said that the police would make more arrests if there are evidences implicating them.

Pol Maj-Gen Choeypol said that the timers and electrical switches used in the three bomb explosions in Bangkok this year were of similar type and the way electric wires were connected to the devices was similar.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)