The key suspect in Bangkok shrine bombing is reported to be in police custody. He was arrested by police from a sordid apartment in the capital of Thai. His suspected passport and photograph revealed that he must be around 28 years old. He was also in possession of material used for bomb making scattered in his room in the apartment, and aso included ball bearings.
The passport given to Thai media by police had two different dates of expiry. Police also recovered ten other passports from the room the suspect had hired since July 21.
Police released photographs of the suspect sitting handcuffed with his head bowed in a corner of the room where more than 100 police personnel converged early Saturday afternoon.
Thai Police released an image of the man’s passport, which appears to be fake as it has two different dates of expiry. The person named on the passport is Adem Karadag, a Turkish national.
A bomb tore through Erawan shrine in central Bangkok on 17 August, killing 20 people and injuring more than 120 others.
A second bomb exploded at a river canal in the city the next day. No-one was injured in that blast.
Thai media have published a photograph of the arrested man alongside a police drawing of a key suspect who left a backpack filled with explosives and ball bearings at the shrine.
In the days following the blast Thai authorities made conflicting and confusing statements about their investigations.
Left, a police drawing of a key suspect who left a backpack filled with explosives and ball bearings at the shrine, and right, the man arrested on Saturday.
Left, a police drawing of a key suspect who left a backpack filled with explosives and ball bearings at the shrine, and right, the man arrested on Saturday. Photo: Thai Police
But one theory they pursued was that an ultra-nationalist group in Turkey was behind the bombings.
The violent group known as the Grey Wolves has taken up the cause of Uighur Muslims in China who claim that they have been long persecuted by Beijing.
Uighurs regard themselves as of Turkish origin.
Police were searching other rooms in the apartment block.