Thailand police deactivate bomb found in Bangkok house

Thai police officers stand guard at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug 23, 2015.
Thai police officers stand guard at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug 23, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said on Monday (Aug 24) that they had found and deactivated a bomb in the capital Bangkok, a week after an explosion killed 20 people in the city.

"We received reports this afternoon of a bomb in Sukhumvit 81. I went to check and found a wide bomb," Mr Kamthorn Aucharoen, commander of the police's explosive ordance team, told Reuters, referring to a road off of one of Bangkok's main thoroughfares.

"It was left in the house of a construction worker," he said. "We have deactivated the bomb and will destroy it."

Police said on Monday the trail had gone cold in the hunt for a bomber in Thailand's worst ever bomb attack, and they were unsure if the chief suspect was still in the country.