Main suspect in Bangkok bombing arrested: Thai premier


Bangkok: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha says a man believed to be the main suspect in a recent bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok has been arrested.

The Thai premier said on Tuesday the suspect is a “foreigner,” who was arrested in eastern Thailand near the Cambodian border.

Prayuth noted that security officials had traced the man to the Aranyaprathet district in Sa Kaeo, a major crossing point to Cambodia.

“He has been arrested at Sa Kaeo checkpoint,” said Prayuth, adding, “He is a main suspect and a foreigner.”

The premier described the detained man as a piece in a jigsaw puzzle that would connect various parts of the case.

Prayuth also warned against speculating about the man until more information is learned. “So we will know who they are, where they came from, who’s behind this.”

“Don’t say just yet it’s about this and that. It could affect international affairs,” Prayuth said, adding, “We have to do a lot of tests, fingerprints. If he is the guy, he is the guy.”

This came days after Thai security officials on Saturday arrested a man during a raid on a Bangkok apartment that contained some bomb-making material.