This picture taken on August 20, 2016 shows people praying at Erawan Shrine, a popular tourist landmark in Bangkok. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA
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Bangkok bomb trial looms without masterminds in dockTwo Chinese nationals will go on trial this week for their alleged roles in a deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine one year ago, an attack whose motive remains clouded in mystery following a murky and at times surreal investigation.One year later more than a dozen key suspects named during the investigation remain at large, while analysts say Thai authorities have yet to offer a convincing motive.Analysts have largely coalesced around the theory that the bombing was in revenge for the Thai junta's forcible return of 109 Uighurs to China weeks earlier.Police eventually outlined a group of around 15 suspects, including Chinese Uighur, Turkish and Thai nationals, some of whom had either fled or allegedly organised the attack out of Turkey.Thai authorities have denied those allegations.
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