TV station 'sorry' for re-enacting bombing

BANGKOK • A Thai television station has apologised for re-enacting the Bangkok blast that killed 20 people this week, and threatened to discipline those employees behind the plan, BBC reported yesterday.

The re-anactment on Thursday, featuring a Nation TV employee dressed as the main suspect, has sparked outrage, forcing the station's executives to issue an apology. The bomb went off on Monday at the popular Erawan Shrine, leaving police scrambling to catch the suspect, and sending shockwaves throughout the nation's vital tourism sector.

Just three days after the attack, Nation TV sent out a team to re-enact the bombing, but were forced to call off the filming as people at the scene "expressed frustration" at them, BBC said, citing a statement by the station.

Twitter user BoyOfHeaven posted pictures on Thursday evening which appeared to show the TV staff during the re-enactment.

"There is an unidentified TV crew, and they have someone dressed as the suspect in the shrine. Police have asked him to leave the scene, and people are shouting 'terrible' at him," he said in a tweet that was later shared thousands of times online.

Police chief Somyot Poompanmoung yesterday said his officers were making "a lot of progress" in the hunt for the bomber, despite the lack of arrests and mystery over the attackers' motives.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2015, with the headline 'TV station 'sorry' for re-enacting bombing'. Print Edition | Subscribe