Thai police have arrested another foreigner, described as a “main suspect” as they continue to investigate the murderous bomb attack on a Thai shrine two weeks ago that killed and maimed tourists and locals alike.
The suspect is said to resemble the prime suspect captured on security video leaving a bag at the scene moments before the deadly explosion.
Police detained the latest suspect in Sa Kaeo province on the border with Cambodia, Thailand’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said. Fresh arrest warrants have been issued for three more men, two identified as Ahmet Bozaglan and Ali Jolan.
Also wanted is a 26-year-old Thai Muslim woman called Wanna Suansan. Police believe she rented a flat where bomb-making equipment was found, in a seedy, predominantly Muslim suburb of Bangkok.
Most of the suspects are widely reported to be Turkish and Islamic, but the motive behind Thailand’s worst single mass-casualty attack remains a mystery.
The Sydney Morning Herald has suggested a shadowy Turkish neo-fascist Muslim terrorist group called Grey Wolves may be behind it.
Suspicion has also fallen on Islamists angry at Thailand’s forced repatriation to China last month of more than 100 members of China’s ethnic Uighur Muslim minority.
Written by Peter Needham