Third Bangkok bombing suspect arrested

2015-09-03 09:03
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Bangkok (dpa) - Thai police arrested a third person suspected of involvement in last month's deadly bomb attack on a Bangkok shrine, news reports said on Thursday.

Kamarudeng Saho, 38, was arrested in Thailand's southern border province of Narathiwat on Wednesday. He was transported to an army base in Bangkok, where he is being detained and interrogated, newspaper Post Today reported.

The bombing of the Erawan Shrine on August 17 killed 20 people and injured more than 120.

Kamarudeng was allegedly in contact via phone with another suspect, Wanna Suansan, who is currently in Turkey and is wanted for questioning by Thai authorities.

Bomb-making materials were found on Sunday during a police search at a property linked to Wanna in an eastern suburb of Bangkok.

Wanna said she is innocent and that she planned to return to Thailand to defend herself.

Authorities on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for Wanna's husband, Emrah Davutoglu, who is also believed to be in Turkey.

'A very large network'

On Tuesday, the prime suspect in the case, who was captured on surveillance camera and arrested Tuesday near the Thai-Cambodian border, admitted being at the shrine but denied planting the bomb.

The fingerprints of the suspect, identified by authorities as Yusufu Mieraili, match those on bomb-making materials found at the weekend.

The suspect belonged to "a very large network" comprised of both Thai and foreign elements, Police Chief Somyot Poompanmoung said.

Thai security forces raided an apartment on Saturday and arrested a man whose identity is unknown. That search led authorities on Sunday to Wanna's apartment, where more bomb-making materials were found.

Fake Turkish passports and bomb-making materials were also found in the apartment raid on Saturday.

Security analysts said the bomb attack in central Bangkok did not fit the pattern of local and regional terror groups.

Some speculated that the most likely culprits were Turkish far-right groups unhappy with Thailand's deportation of Uighur refugees back to China. Uighurs are a Muslim ethnic minority in north-western China that speaks a language related to Turkish.

Eight arrest warrants have been issued, and Kamarudeng and Wanna are so far the only two Thai suspects in the bomb attack case.

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