Thailand's police chief has praised officers investigating the bombing in bangkok which killed 20 people two weeks ago. And has promised to split a $83,000 reward between them for catching a suspect that they have yet managed to tie directly to the attack.
Standing behind a podium topped with three bundles of banknotes, Somyot Pumpanmuang commended the detective work after the arrest of a foreign national whose name and nationality still remain a mystery.
"The accomplished work that led to the arrest is truly the work of the authorities and their investigative abilities... This was the work of the Thai authorities, there were no tip-offs." Somyot told a news conference.
Police have been criticised for a patchy investigation and have yet to say if the man arrested has provided any information or if his DNA samples, seized explosives, fake passports or telephone records connect him to the bombing at Bangkok's most famous shrine a fortnight ago.
A suspect has been arrested in Bangkok in connection with the bombing that killed 20 people in Thailand's capital 12 days ago.
The man is thought to be a 28-year-old Turkish national, a police spokesman has said.
When officers raided his flat in a northern Bangkok suburb they found materials including detonators and metal pipes for making bombs, which police said were the same type as those used in the bombing of the Erawan shrine.
They also found dozens of passports, one with his photo.
A bomb blast in central Bangkok is believed to have killed several people and injured many more.
The chief of Thailand's national police said the loud explosion in the country's capital was caused by a bomb near a shrine.
Local media reported that five people were dead and 20 injured.
Thai anti-coup protesters briefly scuffled with soldiers after a woman blew a plastic whistle and hurled insults, Reuters reported.
The number of people wounded in a firearm attack on Thai protesters has been updated to four, after an unidentified gunman opened fire on anti-government demonstrators.
One person was killed in the attack upon the protesters whose efforts to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have flared into violence in recent days.
An anti-government protester has been killed and two injured in a gun attack in the Thai capital Bangkok, according to the Associated Press.
The incident early today close to a protest site will hasten fears that the country's political crisis could lead to a serious outbreak of violence.
The Erawan medical centre said a 31-year man was killed with wounds to his torso.
Protesters are seeking to topple prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra ahead of elections scheduled for February 2.
Thailand's government has rejected calls to postpone the election and said the February 2 poll "will go ahead", Reuters reports citing the deputy Prime Minister.
The decision to not postpone the election comes on a day when a police officer was killed after clashing with anti-government protesters in the country's capital, Bangkok.
Thai police have fired teargas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters in the capital Bangkok after demonstrators tried to disrupt planning for a February election.
A police officer has been shot dead in Bangkok, Thailand, during clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters, AFP reports.
Jongjet Aoajenpong, director of the Police General Hospital where the officer was taken for treatment told the news agency: "He was shot in his chest and brought to hospital by helicopter.
"A team of doctors tried to resuscitate him for more than half an hour."
Violence broke out after protesters tried to force their way into a sports stadium in the capital, where representatives from around 30 political parties were gathered to register for February elections.
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered outside Government House in Bangkok calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her administration to resign.
Some protesters climbed the fences but the gathering appeared to be mostly peaceful.
Yingluck said on Saturday the police would act with restraint if people tried to occupy public buildings, including their main target, her Government House offices.