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Suspect in Thai-Belgian bridge blaze taken back to scene in downtown Bangkok

Mar 24. 2017
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By The Nation

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A homeless man who allegedly confessed to starting a fire that caused extensive damage to the Thai-Belgian bridge in Bangkok last month was taken back to the scene for a re-enactment by Metropolitan Police chief Lt-General Sanit Mahathavorn on Friday.

The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Samran Muangkhiew or “Ake Lok Nueng”, was arrested at the Thanyaburi Men Aid Centre in Pathum Thani on Thursday evening after a warrant was issued on March 15, based on CCTV footage. 

Samran allegedly confessed to police that he dropped a cigarette on a pile of leaves near garbage bins under the bridge, resulting in the fire that caused structural damage to the bridge near Lumpini Park. 

The blaze brought traffic to a standstill on February 28. Repairs to the bridge will take several months.

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