Turkish suspect arrested in Bangkok with bomb making materials

Turkish suspect arrested in Bangkok with bomb making materials
A suspect who looks like a foreigner was captured by a security camera. He left behind a backpack near the Erawan shrine and walked away from it shortly before a bomb exploded.
PHOTO: Thai Police

Police arrested a Turkish man at a rented room in Bangkok's Nong Chok district Saturday afternoon and found a lot of bomb making tools and materials. The arrest took place at Poon-anand apartment in Nongchok district in eastern Bangkok.

A large quantity of explosive-making materials were found at the apartment.

The arrest was made after about 100 police and troops surrounded the apartment at at 1:30 pm.

Among things found were 0.5 cm diametre ball bearing similar to those found at the bomb sites at Ratchaprasong Intersection and Sathorn pier. The Ratchaprason attack happened on August 17.

Police and troops surrounded the apartment building on Soi Chuamsamphan 11 for about two hours before making the raid.

Several senior police officers joined the raid, including Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sriwarah Rangsitpramkul and Crime Suppression Division Commander Maj Gen Akkaradej Pimolsri.

The suspect was renting rooms No 412 and 414 on the fourth floor of the apartment, a police source said.

The explosion at the Erawan Shrine on August 17 killed 20 victims, mostly foreign tourists. It also injured more than 100 others.

A man in yellow shirt was seen leaving a backpack under bench in the shrine compound shortly before the bomb went off.

Feeds from security cameras led to facial sketch of a foreigner who appeared like an Arab. A police source said the arrested Turkish looks resemble to the facial sketch of the bomber.

 

 

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