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Police arrested a Turkish man at a rented room in Bangkok's Nong Chok district Saturday afternoon and found a lot of bomb making tools and materials.
The arrest was made after about 100 police and troops surrounded the apartment at at 1:30 pm.
Among the matterials, police found 0.5mm-diameter ball bearings that were the same type with the bombs that exploded at the Erawan Shrine and the Sathorn pier on August 17 and 18.
Earlier, Prawuth said that authorities had not yet determined his nationality and dismissed Thai news reports saying he is Turkish. Images of a Turkish passport with the apparent suspect's picture were posted on social media.
"The passport you see is fake," said Prawuth, referring to the online photos. "We don't know if he is Turkish or not."
A Turkish government spokesman said he had no information on the suspect held or any possible Turkish link to the attack. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with Turkish government rules that bar officials from speaking to journalists without prior authorization.
Asked what could be the motive for the bombing, the police chief told reporters, "it's a personal grudge .. not international terrorism." He did not elaborate or give a clear explanation. The man faced charges of possessing unauthorized explosives, Prawuth said, without specifying a penalty. He was taken to a military base for further interrogation.
Officers say the suspect, who was charged with illegal possession of weapons, was involved in the attack.
But national police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang downplayed any suggestion that the suspect was connected to terrorism.
"He is a foreigner, but it's unlikely he is an international terrorist. It's a personal feud," Mr Somyot told a televised news conference.
"He got angry on behalf of his friends and family members," he added without elaborating.
Meanwhile, Thai police have faced criticism for an image of a suicide bomb vest that was shown on television during the national broadcast announcing the suspect's arrest on Saturday.
The image caused a stir on social media and police later said it had nothing to do with the bombing or the suspect. Thailand's ruling military accused broadcast media of inserting the erroneous picture.
BANGKOK — Arrest warrants for a Thai woman and a foreign national suspected of involvement in the bomb attacks earlier this month were issued this afternoon following a second raid conducted in the capital’s Min Buri district.
After the arrest of a foreign man in Bangkok’s eastern suburbs and a raid on a second residence turned up a large quantity of bomb-making materials, a court this afternoon issued two new warrants for two more people suspected of involvement in the 17 Aug. Erawan Shrine bombing and another explosion at a riverside waterway the next day.
“We would like to ask owners of apartments, dorms or rental houses that have foreign residents whose appearances match these descriptions to immediately contact security officers, because these individuals may have materials that could be dangerous to the buildings and other residents,” Lt. Gen Prawuth Thawornsiri, police spokesman, said this afternoon in a televised address.
One warrant is for 26-year-old Wanna Suansan, 26, a Thai woman said to have lived in a Min Buri room raided Saturday night, where authorities said they found bomb-making materials, according to Prawuth. The other suspect is an unnamed man whose nationality has not been confirmed.
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