I n the midst of the death and destruction caused by the bombing in Bangkok, the Thai Police released these CCTV images of the man who is currently the main suspect in the attack.
However, in their haste to identify the bomber, this time the Internet got it wrong when they named the man as Australian Sunny Burns.
Mum, Dad and my Aussie friends I’m safe… The bomb went off in a central shopping area called Central World where I always go to. It’s very sad and scary and I’m lucky I was teaching. Many people were killed or injured and my heart goes out to the families who lost ones. I still feel very safe in Thailand and it shouldn’t stop you from travelling to Bangkok. Thailand will get strong again. Please pray for Thailand. #prayforthailand #staysafe #fighting
A photo posted by Sunny Burns (@sunnyburns) on Aug 17, 2015 at 6:51am PDT
A model and actor, Sunny says he was horrified when he saw photos on social media identifying him as the the suspect for the bombings that have killed at least 20 people and injured 100 others as reported by Indian Express . After hearing this, he said he no choice but to go to the police himself.
In an interview with Sunrise he said, “On social media they posted my immigration papers, they posted where I lived. I had no other choice but to go to police, people were accusing me of being a terrorist and killing those 20 people, and injuring those 100 people.”
Talking with the police. I forgive everyone who spread those horrible rumours about me. I love this country and let’s fight together. Let’s find this bomber. I’m not a terrorist but I’m a ting tong actor :p
A photo posted by Sunny Burns (@sunnyburns) on Aug 18, 2015 at 1:28am PDT
The interrogation lasted for about 6 hours, during which the police questioned him and searched his house for bombs. When he was released Sunny Burns shared CCTV footage stills on Instagram, proving his innocence.
Here is the CV TV footage of where I was yesterday when I just got back from the muscle lab gym in Huai Kwang and getting ready to teach my Native Speaker class. The Royal Police has this and I would like to thank them for looking after me and being so supportive. Thank you for all your support and wish I could give my mumma a big hug. I will be speaking with media tomorrow but please let me sleep now. It’s not a nice feeling being called a terrorist but phom yung rak khun prated thai #prayforthailand
A photo posted by Sunny Burns (@sunnyburns) on Aug 18, 2015 at 6:54am PDT