>> In Thailand the smoke has cleared but where are the culprits? A week after a sting of deadly bomb blasts killed four and wounded dozens. And authorities have only identified a single suspect. A local man, Ahma Lenha from the country's Muslim dominated deep south, where a violent insurgency has been simmering for years But as Reuters' Amy Sawitta Lefevre reports, police haven't learned anything from him yet.
>> Police are saying, they don't actually know the whereabouts of Ahama but they are trying to track him down. And they also said today that they're not sure whether he's still in the country, whether he's still in Thailand, or whether he has fled abroad.>> No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings.
But as in past attacks, Thai authorities almost immediately ruled out foreign militants as well as any direct links to the Southern insurgency.>> The reason they could be doing that, experts have told us, is that it could have very severe economic implications for Thailand if they admit That the Southern insurgency is spreading or has spread or expanded.
And of course, admitting that it has expanded could cause nervousness and fear amongst people who live in other parts of the country as well.>> Thailand estimates the attacks could scare away up to 200,000 foreign visitors this year, costing the country nearly $300 million in tourism revenue. Some embassies have warned their citizens that war attacks could follow.
The blasts come days after Thais voted to accept a military backed constitution. Authorities have hinted the attacks may have been the work of political opponents who could have hired members of the southern insurgency to carry out the deadly work on their behalf.