In brief :Victim 'carried mosque bomb'
The bomb that exploded at a mosque in Chiang Mai on Monday was carried by the victim, the commissioner of Chiang Mai provincial police said yesterday.
Maj-General Bandop Sukonthaman alleged that Nasis Ahamad, a Burmese worker injured by the blast at Chang Klan mosque, confessed to carrying the small home-made bomb to the mosque then accidentally dropping it on the floor, causing it to explode.
However, he said police had yet to charge Nasis, who is still in hospital, with any offence.
Bandop said police still had to investigate Nasis' motive for carrying the bomb into a sacred place. Villagers living close to the mosque, however, did not accept the explanation.
Bandop said he had reported his findings to community leaders, but the people said they did not believe a Muslim would bring a bomb into a mosque.
The new head of the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC) was positive yesterday about the role his organisation can play in restoring peace in the deep South.
Former Nonthaburi governor Pranai Suwannarat said moves to re-establish the organisation and hire staff were already complete.
The centre will be officially re-opened today. Its four main goals are to reduce conflicts among local people, including threats from the insurgents; boost the number of proficient personnel in education; increase the benefits and welfare for officials in the area, and solve economic problems by boosting investment with incentives.
Pranai believed the situation would improve after the SBPAC office officially opened. However, it would take time to restore peace and reconciliation to the region.
Man's death fall
A 69-year-old Australian man fell to his death from the 18th floor of a rented flat in Bangkok early yesterday in a suspected suicide, police said.
Police found the body of Donald Henshall at 4am yesterday on the pavement in front of the Nasa Vegas Tower apartment building in Ramkham-haeng, where the man was renting a flat, Police Major Preecha Jittiyanakul said.
Henshall had apparently cut his wrists and penned a suicide note with his blood saying, "I love you, Pim", before jumping to his death.
The man had rented the flat a week ago, checking in with a Thai girlfriend named Pim, who later left him, Preecha said.
Henshall, from the Darling Downs area in Queensland, had been living in Thailand for some years. The Australian embassy is providing consular assistance to his family.