Suspect Arrested in Bangkok Bombing

Suspect Arrested in Bangkok Bombing

Thai police on Saturday arrested a suspect in a bombing that killed 20 people and wounded scores more at a shrine in Bangkok this month, authorities said.
The man, also suspected of involvement in a second blast a day later in Bangkok, was arrested at an apartment in a suburb of Bangkok, police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri said, CNN reported.
However, police said he was not the man in a yellow shirt and dark-framed glasses identified in a surveillance video footage as the chief suspect in the bombing.
Thai police initially said the suspect was a Turkish national, but later found out that the two Turkish passports he was holding were fake.
Prawut said investigators hunting for clues had "also found the same type of ball bearings in this man's apartment."
The deadly explosion at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine, a spot popular with tourists and locals, wreaked havoc on August 17. The second blast, which occurred at a pier on the Chao Phraya River that flows through Bangkok, did not cause any casualties.
Authorities have narrowed the description of the main suspect in the first blast to an unidentified foreigner who was caught on surveillance video hiding a backpack under a bench at the shrine minutes before the bomb detonated.
At least 10 people may have taken part in the bombing, but the attack is unlikely to be linked to international terrorist groups, Thai authorities said. There has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing.


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