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Australian Model Wrongly Identified as Bangkok Bomber
Model and English tutor Sunny Burns, 26, turned himself in to Thai police on Tuesday night after rumours on social media connected him with the deadly bomb attack which hit the capital on August 18. Bangkok has been the scene of two bombings over the last 2 days, with over 20 dead and 120 injured.

Burns, who lives in the Thai capital, said that he was made aware of the rumours after Thai authorities released CCTV footage of a man placing a backpack under a bench minutes before an explosion killed 22. The rumour originated in an image shared on Twitter by a news journalist showing a side-by-side comparison of an Instagram photo of Burns and pictures of the suspect from CCTV footage taken in the minutes leading up to the explosion.
The image was shared across social media and soon Burns caught wind of the rumour. He handed himself over to the police immediately, posting an Instagram selfie from the police station and saying: ‘Talking with the police. I forgive everyone who spread those horrible rumours about me. I love this country and let’s fight together.’ But he remained optimistic, joking: ‘I’m not a terrorist and the photo of the terrorist looks nothing like me. I would never wear those clothes – I’m a fashion blogger.’
Ironically, the photo of Burns used in the comparison was the same one he had shared on Instagram to let his family and friends know that he was safe after news broke of the bombing at Erawan shrine. Burns said he was treated well by police while he was questioned. He later posted on Instagram images of CCTV footage showing his whereabouts at the time of the explosion. ‘I just got back from the muscle lab gym in Huai Kwang and was getting ready to teach my native speaker class,’ the post said. Burns thanked the police for being so supportive during the ordeal.

Junta chief Prayut Chan-ocha described the attack as the ‘worst ever’ on Thailand. An arrest warrant has been issued for a ‘foreign man’ who may be of ‘mixed origin,’ but it’s thought that the attack was carried out by a ‘network.’

Aaron Waterhouse

Aaron is a recent English graduate from Durham University who is now working as a content writer intern. An enthusiastic traveller, he hopes to become a journalist and report from around the world. Follow him @AaronAtSMF.

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