Erawan bombing: Thai probers in Malaysia to see suspect

(From the Nation)

Man allegedly confessed to playing role: source

The chief investigator looking into the deadly Erawan Shrine blast flew to Malaysia yesterday to seek more information and meet with a detainee believed to be a prime suspect in the attack, an informed source said.

Artist's image of shrine attacker

Artist’s image of shrine bomber

Deputy national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda led the team, which included Central Investigation Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Chaiwatketworachai and the deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Pol Maj-General Chanthep Sesawet.

They were expected to meet Malaysia’s national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar over reports that the key suspect may have been detained during recent raids of many apartments and rented homes in Kuala Lumpur.

CCTV image of shrine attacker

CCTV image of shrine attacker

The suspect in question reportedly looks similar to the man in a yellow T-shirt who was captured on surveillance video leaving a backpack containing the bomb at the shrine on August 17. The explosion killed 20 people and injured about 120 others.

The source also said the man held in Malaysia had confessed to playing a part in the attack after two days of interrogation. Based on that information, Chakthip decided to travel to Kuala Lumpur to seek more information on the man, he claimed.

According to the source, the suspect now holds a renewed passport from the Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and was about to travel to Turkey when he was nabbed. He identified himself as Ari, 31. Read more



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