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Bangkok bomb suspect police to get $83,000 as reward

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.

Thailand's Cheif of Police, Somyot Pumpanmuang Credit: REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom TPX IMAGES

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.

Bangkok bombing: Two more arrest warrants issued

Thai Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 26-year-old Thai woman and a foreign man in connection with the deadly blast in Bangkok two weeks ago.

Police issue two arrest warrants for Thai woman and foreign man. Credit: Reuters

It comes after a raid on a suburban apartment block uncovered possible bomb-making materials, a force spokesman said.

Fertilizer, digital watches and an explosives detonator were found in the property in the Min Buri district, he added.

Twenty people, who were mostly tourists, were killed when a bomb tore through the crowded Erawan Shrine on August 17, injuring more than 100 others.

Police arrested a 28-year-old foreigner in a high-profile raid on Saturday at a building in nearby Nong Chok, where officers discovered explosives and piles of fake passports.


Thai police search for more Bangkok bombing suspects

Police in Thailand have widened their search for more suspects in connection with the Bangkok bombing after a man was arrested yesterday.

The suspect, who was described as a 28-year-old "foreigner" by police, was detained during a raid at a flat in the north of the capital.

The suspect was arrested in Bangkok on Saturday Credit: APTN

Officers said fake passports and bomb-making materials including detonators and metal pipes were also found.

The man is being held on charges of possessing illegal explosives and has been in Thailand since January 2014.

Twenty people, who were mostly tourists, were killed when a bomb tore through the crowded Erawan Shrine on August 17, injuring more than 100 others.

Bangkok bombing suspect likely to be Turkish national

Police raided the suspect's flat reportedly also finding bomb-making equipment. Credit: Reuters

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.

Police earlier said they had discovered possible bomb-making materials that could have been used in the evening attack in Bangkok's busy centre on Aug 17. Credit: Reuters

Thai police arrest man over Bangkok bombing

An e-fit of the man Thai police have hunting as a suspect over the bombing Credit: Thai police

Police in Thailand have arrested a man in connection with a bombing in Bangkok that killed 20 people on August 17.

Police raided an apartment used in northern Bangkok and also discovered possible bomb-making materials, according to a national police spokesman.

Prawut Thavornsiri said the suspect "looks like the one we are looking for".

"They also found a lot of materials which can be used to make bombs", he added.

The bomb tore through the city's crowded Erawan Shrine in Bangkok's commercial heart and most of the victims were tourists.


Police seek tuk-tuk driver who drove bombing suspect

Thai Police have released this image of the suspect travelling in a tuk-tuk Credit: APTN

The driver of a tuk-tuk who is believed to have driven the suspect who planted a bomb at a shrine in Bangkok, killing at least 20 people, is being sought by police.

Images taken from security camera footage show the suspect in a tuk-tuk, near the Erawan Shrine.

Bangkok Police said they are trying to locate the driver of the tuk-tuk and announced a reward for him to come forward.

Thai junta: Bangkok blast not work of international terrorists

A bombing at a religious shrine in Bangkok that killed at least 20 people is "unlikely" to be the work of international terrorists, Thailand's military junta has said.

Colonel Winthai Suvaree, a spokesman for the ruling junta also known as National Council for Peace and Order, said:

Security agencies have cooperated with agencies from allied countries and have come to the preliminary conclusion that the incident is unlikely to be linked to international terrorism.

– Colonel Winthai Suvaree

The colonel added that the attack was not specifically aimed at Chinese tourists.

Thai police: At least 10 people involved in Bangkok bombing

Traffic resumes around the Shrine where the blast happened. Credit: Reuters

The Thai police chief has said that at least 10 people were involved in the Bangkok bombing and the attack was planned at least one month in advance.

"It is a big network. There was preparation using many people," Somyot Poompanmuang told reporters.

"This includes those who looked out on the streets, prepared the bomb and those at the site and...those who knew the escape route," he said.

"There must have been at least 10 people involved."

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