Thailand Police Arrest Foreigner in Bangkok Blast Probe

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Thai police arrested a foreign suspect and seized bomb-making materials Saturday in the investigation of a deadly shrine bombing, officials said.

Thailand Police Arrest Foreigner in Bangkok Blast Probe

“It is most likely he is related to the bombing at Rajaprasong,” deputy police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said of the suspect. The Aug. 17 blast at the Erawan Shrine, in the capital’s commercial district of Rajaprasong, killed 20 people, including foreigners, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

The man was arrested Saturday on the outskirts of Bangkok. the deputy police chief said, “We found bomb materials in his apartment.”

National police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said the man arrested is a foreigner, but refused to confirm his nationality.

Soon after the bombing, police released an artist’s sketch of a man seen in a security camera video from the open-air shrine leaving a backpack at a bench and walking away. A separate camera showed the suspect, wearing a yellow T-shirt, on the back of a motorcycle taxi leaving the site.

An arrest warrant issued earlier for the unknown suspect described him as a “foreign man,” although a military spokesman said a connection to international terrorism seemed unlikely.

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