Bangkok Bombing Suspect, A Muslim From China, Arrested

From The Independent:
A man believed to be the main suspect in the bombing of a shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people has been arrested.

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, said police investigating his country’s deadliest ever bombing had detained the man on the border with Cambodia, in Sa Kaeo province.

Mr Prayuth said he was the “main suspect” for the bombing, adding that he was being transferred to Bangkok for questioning.

The Prime Minister said investigators had evidence that several suspects were planning to flee the country but warned against speculating about the arrested man.

“We will know who they are, where they came from, who’s behind this,” he added.

“We have to do a lot of tests, fingerprints. If he is the guy, he is the guy.”

The Bangkok Post reported that authorities believe him to be the person highlighted by police in CCTV footage, which showed a man wearing a yellow shirt and appearing to leave a backpack behind at the shrine.

Television footage of the suspect showed a thin man in a baseball cap, sunglasses and with a short moustache being paraded in front of journalists by security forces, who displayed items of evidence found during a search. Royal Thai Army soldiers display items seized with the Erawan Shrine bombing suspect after they arrested him in Sa Kaeo district, near the Thai-Cambodian border, 01 September 2015. Soldiers displayed items seized by the Erawan Shrine bombing suspect arrested near the Cambodian border

The suspect has not officially been named but Thai media have been sharing a Chinese passport photo of a man matching his description.

In the passport, he is named Yusufu Mieraili, 25, from Xinjiang. The province is home to China’s Uighur Muslim minority, hundreds of whom have been detained and deported by Thailand after attempting to seek asylum there.

The arrest came after security forces detained the first foreign suspect on Saturday following raids on the outskirts of Bangkok.

His identity and nationality have not been confirmed but police requested a Turkish translator to assist in questioning the 28-year-old man, who has been charged with possessing illegal explosives. A general view taken from a moving train shows bodies covered in white sheets around the Erawan Shrine, central Bangkok, Thailand, 17 August 2015. A general view taken from a moving train shows bodies covered in white sheets around the Erawan Shrine, central Bangkok, Thailand, 17 August 2015….

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