31 Aug '15, 9pm

News Analysis: Bangkok blast could be game-changer for Thai security #BangkokBlast

As the police hunt for a Thai woman and at least two foreigners reveals the scale of the network thought to be behind the Aug 17 bomb that killed 20 people, security analysts say this is a game-changer for Thailand. But the jigsaw that is slowly taking shape still misses one critical piece: If the network is a Uighur smuggling syndicate, as Thai police have said, why did it bomb a civilian target in a high-profile public place, attracting the focus and resources of Thailand's security forces by inflicting certain foreign casualties? "It is clear that (the network) was preparing for future attacks," Dr Zachary Abuza, an independent expert on South-east Asian political and security issues, said in an interview. "But if it was involved in organised crime, the question arises, where is the profit motive? A soft target like (the Erawan shrine, site of the Aug 17 bomb) has no pr...

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