Elton John Live in Bangkok – November 29, 2015

Impact Arena Muang Thong ThaniSir Elton John and his long-standing band will perform live in Bangkok on November 29, 2015. The show, part of John’s “All the Hits” world tour, will start at 9 p.m. at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on October 23, 2015, at all ThaiTicketMajor outlets and www.thaiticketmajor.com.
Ticket prices are 2,000 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 Baht. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available.
From ThaiTicketMajor.com:

Part of his acclaimed “All The Hits” Tour, these concerts are a rare opportunity to be immersed in a curates collection of the best songs from the show master (…)
The “All the Hits” Tour features iconic hits and classic album tracks that trace Elton John’s incredible five decade-long career; It also includes a selection of songs from his highly-acclaimed album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Deluxe Edition.

Elton John live in Bangkok 2015

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Bangkok Bombing Suspect “Hired” to Plant Bomb

Bangkok bomb suspectA press conference with the prime bombing suspect’s lawyer now seems to confirm that Bilal Mohammad, also known as Adem Karadag or Bilal Turk, is not a Turkish national as he previously claimed, but an Uighur Muslim from China.
His client, the lawyer told the media, also claims he was hired to plant the bomb at the Erawan Shrine in mid-August by a foreign man identified only as Abdullah Abdulrahman.
Mr. Mohammad claims that he was offered a free passage to Turkey in return for planting the bomb but insists he knows neither the motive behind the deadly attack nor why the shrine was targeted. 20 people were killed in the blast, including six Chinese nationals and several other Asian tourists.

According to a report by the Bangkok Post, Mr. Mohammad claims

he travelled from China, though he refused to reveal his hometown for fear that Chinese authorities could intimidate his friends and relatives there, [his lawyer] said.
He crossed into Thailand in the hope of traveling onwards to Malaysia with a final destination of Turkey, the lawyer said. Mr Mohammad’s (Karadag) family members and relatives are all in Turkey.
The lawyer said he still did not know the motive behind the blast. However, his client told him that the man he identifies as Mr Abdullah ordered him on Aug 16 to plant the bomb-laden rucksack at the shrine.
His client had asked Mr Abdullah why the shrine was the intended target, but did not get a reply.
Mr Abdullah had told his client that if the mission was completed, he would contact people in Malaysia to seek his passage to Turkey, [the lawyer] said. Mr Karadag insisted that among the suspects, he only knows Mr Abdullah.

Detained Man is Yellow-Shirted Bomber, Police Say

Is Adem Karadag the yellow-shirted bomber?The mysterious foreign-looking man wearing a yellow T-shirt seen in CCTV footage dumping a backpack containing a bomb at the Erawan Shrine mid-August minutes before a powerful blast killed 20 people at the popular attraction has finally been identified.
No, no new arrest has been made; police simply figured out in the end that the first suspect they arrested nearly four weeks ago in connection with the bomb blast is actually the yellow-shirted prime suspect himself.

Two days ago, the Bangkok Post first reported that unnamed “security sources” had all of a sudden “found new evidence” implicating yet again the first detained suspect.
Adem Karadag, who claims to be naturalized Turkish citizen originally from Xinjiang, China, named Mohammed Bilaturk, was arrested on August 29 in a rented apartment on the eastern outskirts of Bangkok where police also found bomb-making material and dozens of fake Turkish passports.
One of the fake passports “identified” him as Adem Karadag; his real identity and nationality however remain unconfirmed. He has also denied any involvement in the bomb plot
According to Karadag’s lawyer, his client had moved from China’s Xinjiang province to Turkey in 2004 where he was granted Turkish citizenship and worked as a truck driver. The 28-year-old Uighur Muslim allegedly entered Thailand only four days after the blast and was en route to Malaysia, where he was going to seek a job as a truck driver.
But on Thursday, the Bangkok Post reported,

according to the latest evidence and investigation, authorities suspect he might be the perpetrator of the Erawan shrine blast (…)
Some of the evidence comes from CCTV footage shot in Lumpini Park showing a yellow-shirted man suspected of planting the deadly bomb at the shrine going into a toilet in the park, where he changed his shirt to a grey one. The man seen in the footage leaving the toilet resembles Mr Karadag, the sources said. After leaving the park, he took a public bus to the apartment in Nong Chok [where Karadag was arrested later].
Mr Karadag has a long scar on his arm, while the yellow-shirted suspect seen in the footage had straps around both of his arms, the source added.

What is more, Karadag allegedly confessed:

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Malaysian Police Arrest Two Bangkok Bomb Suspects

Here’s a bit of an update into the investigations into the bomb blast at Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine mid-August that killed 20 people and injured more than 120. The police investigation appeared to have stalled recently and Thai police even accused the media of hindering the work by investigators by revealing too many details on the… Continue Reading

Bangkok Bombing “Mastermind” Fled to Turkey, Not China

Thai police previously suspected that the alleged “mastermind” behind the Erawan shrine bomb attack last month, a 27-year-old Chinese national from Xinjiang province, had fled to Bangladesh a day before the bombing and later escaped to China. This story line has now changed, with police saying today that the key suspect had not traveled to… Continue Reading

Bangkok Bombing Mastermind May Have Fled to China

The alleged mastermind behind the deadly bomb blast at Bangkok’s Erawan shrine mid-August has reportedly left for China from Bangladesh at the end of last month. The suspected Chinese national knows as “Izaan” or “Ishan” reportedly left Thailand on a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight one day before the bombing and flew to Dhaka. He allegedly… Continue Reading

Bangkok Bomb Suspect “Identifies” Mastermind (Updated)

The second suspect arrested in connection with the Erawan shrine bomb blast has now admitted to assembling the device used in the attack and identified the mastermind behind the attack as a Chinese national going by the name of “Izaan”. Izaan had allegedly hired and “commanded” the other suspects. Yusufu Mieraili, a 25-year-old Chinese passport… Continue Reading

Suspected Meteor Explosion Over Bangkok

A large, bright fireball was seen streaking across the sky over Bangkok and exploding in the atmosphere at about 8.40 a.m. on Monday morning, leaving a trail of smoke in the blue morning skies. The phenomenon, believed to be a meteor explosion, was also seen in other provinces of central and northeastern Thailand and prompted… Continue Reading

Bomb Suspect Arrested at Thai-Cambodian Border

An unidentified young foreigner taken into custody at the Thai-Cambodian border today strongly resembles the man in the yellow shirt suspected of planting a bomb hidden in a backpack at the Erawan shrine minutes before the deadly detonation. While police would not confirm yet whether the arrested man is the bomber, a police spokesman described… Continue Reading

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