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Thai police claim detained group has no connection with last week’s multiple bomb blasts

Group had possibly formed an illegal network

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BANGKOK, Thailand - Thailand police on Friday said the group of 15 suspects arrested by the military probing last week’s shocking attacks at tourist resorts in four provinces was not involved in the blasts. > Big News Network

The group was held during the investigation into the bomb attacks, which ripped through tourist spots in the south of the country, killing four and injuring scores, including European nationals.

Police said the group had possibly formed an illegal network, with an aim of toppling the regime and was not connected to the attacks. Authorities and investigators have been under pressure to arrest the perpetrators as tourism is extremely critical to the country’s economy.

The group aimed to "accumulate arms... and overthrow the government,” a police statement said. “They currently face one charge of breaching the junta's ban on political gatherings and another of belonging to an unlawful secret society,” it said.

"There is no evidence linking them to the bomb attacks in the seven southern provinces based on our investigation, although some of them are involved with lese majeste (royal defamation) and arms trafficking," a senior police official added.

Escorted by police personnel, the group, consisting of many elderly men and women, appeared at a Bangkok police station on Friday.

Thailand's police and military are known to be rivals historically. Earlier investigations into similar bomb blasts have also been shrouded in confusion, with conflicting statements issued by authorities.

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