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2nd  foreign suspect arrested Bangkok bomb

Update : 2015-09-02 10:13:41
2nd  foreign suspect arrested Bangkok bomb

A second foreign suspect has been arrested in connection with the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine in August, the Thai prime minister has said.

The male suspect was arrested in Sa Kaeo province, east of Bangkok on the border with Cambodia, Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.

He described the man as "a main suspect".
A foreign man was arrested in Bangkok on Saturday over the blast at Erawan shrine, which killed 20 people.

Thai military authorities have been interrogating the 28-year-old man, but they have not yet released his name or nationality.
Bomb-making materials and forged passports were found at the apartment where he was detained in Nong Jok on the outskirts of Bangkok, and he has been charged with possessing illegal explosives, police said.

It is unclear whether either of the two arrested men is the suspect seen on a security camera leaving a backpack at the crowded shrine shortly before the bombing on 17 August.
Thai authorities have issued three more arrest warrants - making seven in total.

The Thai investigation into the bombing is gaining momentum, says the BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok.
The latest developments in this case suggest police are dealing with a militant network - a network that could have been planning more attacks, he says.

But the motive for the bombing - unprecedented in its scale in Thai history - is still unknown, although several analysts have suggested it may be linked to the deportation of Muslim Uighurs from Thailand to China.

'The key suspect'
"We have arrested one more, he is not a Thai," Mr Prayuth told journalists after his weekly cabinet meeting, calling him "a main suspect and a foreigner".

Images of the detainee in military custody showed a tall, thin man with trimmed facial hair, wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap.

At a news conference, Thailand's national police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri said the man was intercepted as he attempted to cross the border illegally into Cambodia.
Thai media circulated a photo of a Chinese passport which was claimed to belong to the man detained on the border. On the passport, he is identified as Yusufu Mieraili, 25, from Xinjiang province - home to a significant Muslim Uighur population.

One police investigator also identified him as "Yusufu", Thai media said.
Thailand controversially repatriated more than 100 Uighur Muslims to China in July.

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