Bangkok Bomb Plotter Flew to China

Bangkok Bomb Plotter Flew to ChinaBangkok Bomb Plotter Flew to China

The suspected mastermind of last month’s deadly bomb attack in Thailand left for China from Bangladesh 12 days ago, and efforts in Malaysia to track the man suspected of planting the explosives have been unsuccessful, Thai police said on Friday.

The man Thai police believe organized the plot and fled on the eve of the blast spent two weeks in Bangladesh before taking a flight from Dhaka to Beijing on Aug. 30, Bangladesh police said, Reuters reported.

“We checked his name, arrival date and passport number with the immigration department ... we found that it was correct and he left from the same airport (to Beijing),” A K M Shahidul Hoque, inspector general of Bangladesh police, told Reuters.

Hoque said the name on the passport was Abu Dustar Abdulrahman, adding his men were looking for the suspect’s hotel.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said he was not aware if the suspect had flown to China from Bangladesh. “This case is still under investigation,” he told a daily briefing.

Thai police have ruled out international militants as responsible for the attack but have not said why nor what they believe the motive was.