Bangkok bomb suspect 'unlikely' international terrorist

2015-08-29 17:28
Thai police take evidence from an apartment where the suspected Bangkok bomber lived. (Sakchi Lalit, AP)

Thai police take evidence from an apartment where the suspected Bangkok bomber lived. (Sakchi Lalit, AP)

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Bangkok - Thailand's top police officer on Saturday said a man arrested in connection with last week's deadly Bangkok bomb attack was "unlikely" to be an international terrorist and was motivated by a "personal feud".

Twenty people died in the blast the Erawan Shrine. 

"He is a foreigner, but it's unlikely that he is an international terrorist, it's a personal feud," national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung told reporters at the Royal Thai Police headquarters as broadcast live on Thai PBS.

"He got angry on behalf of his friends and family members," Somyot added, without elaborating further.

AP quoted police spokesperson Prawuth Thavornsiri as saying that the man had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports.

The shrine attack was followed a day later by another blast at a public ferry pier, and Prawuth said their preliminary investigation showed that the suspect was linked to both bombings. 

Referring to the passports, Prawuth said authorities had not yet determined his nationality, and dismissed Thai news reports saying he is Turkish. Images of a Turkish passport with the apparent suspect's picture were posted on social media.

"The passport you see is fake," said Prawuth, referring to the online photos.

"We don't know if he is Turkish or not."

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