Bangkok : Thailand police released a sketch of a young “foreign man” suspected of carrying out a bombing at a hugely popular Lord Brahma temple, that killed at least 20 people, and offered a 1 million baht reward for any information in tracing him down along with his accomplices.

 The detailed sketch, made on the basis of the CCTV grab at the Erawan Brahma temple which showed a youth in yellow T-shirt placing a backpack on a bench inside the shrine’s compound and then walking out, is the strongest lead yet in the Monday explosions, the country’s “worst ever attack”.

The police issued an arrest warrant seeking for “a foreign man, unnamed, according to the sketch” and announced a reward of one million baht ($28,000) for any information on the suspect.

The sketch showed a fair, young man with thick hair and wearing black glasses who could be of “mixed origin”, Thai police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said in a televised interview.

The suspect may have been wearing a wig to disguise himself and may have been part of “a network”, according to national police chief General Somyot Poompanmuang.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today urged bombers who attacked Bangkok this week to turn themselves in for their own safety, saying, otherwise, they could be killed.

Jaishree Balasubramanian        

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