Thai police stand by after disposing of a suspicious bag during a false bomb scare in the tourist-heavy Ratchaprasong district in Bangkok on August 18, 2016. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA
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A group of 15 suspects detained by the Thai military investigating last week's deadly tourist resort attacks was not involved in the blasts, police said Friday, adding to confusion surrounding the case.The bombs attacks were highly unusual in a country where foreigners and tourist towns are rarely caught up in the country's frequent bouts of political violence.Thai police and military have a history of rivalry but since the 2014 coup the military have spearheaded national security investigations.Previous bomb probes -- including an attack on a Bangkok shrine last year that killed 20 -- have been marred by confusion and conflicting statements.Police and the military have ruled out international terrorism for last week's attacks, saying the perpetrators were "local saboteurs".
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