Second Bangkok Bombing Suspect Arrested
Thai Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, said the male suspect was arrested in Sa kaeo Province, east of Bangkok on the border with Cambodia.
Last week, a foreign man was arrested at an apartment in Nong Jok where bomb-making materials and 10 passports were found in investigations over the blast at Erawan shrine, which killed 20 people in Bangkok.
At a press conference, Thailand’s National Police Spokesman, Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri, said police were “confident that he is the key suspect” and was believed to have been involved in the network that staged the attacks.
He said the man was apprehended trying to cross the Thai-Cambodia border at an illegal point, and was currently being held without charge. He added that the man spoke to officers in English.
The passport being carried by the man purports to show his place of birth as the Chinese province of Xinjiang, which has a significant Muslim Uighur population and where Beijing has repressed popular resistance to its rule.
Thailand controversially repatriated more than 100 Uighur Muslims to China in July.
Thai authorities have also released details of the three new suspects for whom they have issued arrest warrants. One suspect is an unidentified Turkish man, another a foreign man named Ahmet Bozoglan and a third a foreign man named Ali Jolan.