Bangkok Bombing: Thai Police Arrest Suspect In Possession Of Similar Bomb Materials
Thai police arrested a 28-year-old foreign man in connection with the Bangkok bombing. The man was taken from an apartment in one of Bangkok’s suburbs, Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri told the media. Reports say the police found bomb materials similar to those used in the Erawan Shrine bombing, along with several passports at the suspect’s apartment.
Connection was made to a subsequent explosion in Bangkok as the authorities disclosed the two bombings had the same bomb materials. The military and police raided the suspect’s apartment on Saturday and has since made surveillance of the area. The man is currently at custody of the military for interrogation.
In a televised statement made by Prawut, the suspect is said to be likely involved in the August 17 bombing which killed 20 people and wounded 120 others. New York Times reports that Prawut believes the arrested man is “a culprit in the same network.”
However, based on other reports, the man arrested on Saturday was not the same man who wore a yellow shirt as seen on a footage moments before the explosion. In earlier reports, a man in yellow dropped a backpack as he was concealed by two other men who were labeled as “persons of interests” but were cleared later.
“The man we have is not the man in the sketch, but we believe he is part of the network which carried out the two bomb incidents,” Prawut said as quoted.