Breakthrough in Bangkok Shrine Bombing

Published: 30th August 2015 11:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th August 2015 11:14 AM   |  A+A-

THAI have police arrested a foreign suspect bearing fake Turkish identity papers in an apartment packed with bomb-making material in the first major breakthrough in the investigation into the Bangkok shrine blast.

The arrest fuelled suspicions that the Grey Wolves, an ultra-nationalist Turkish terrorist group, might have committed the atrocity in retaliation after Thailand deported 109 ethnic Turkic Uighurs to China recently.

There have been no claims of responsibility for the bombing, the worst terrorist attack in Bangkok's history that claimed the lives of 20 people. Thai police said the arrested man was believed to be part of a network behind the shrine bombing.

Detonators and ball-bearings were found in the flat of the arrested man.


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