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Man is held over Bangkok bombing
29 Aug 2015 12:12
Police hunting for the perpetrators of Thailand's deadliest bombing have arrested a foreign man they said fitted the description of a suspect seen leaving a rucksack at the site of the Bangkok blast nearly two weeks ago.
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Police raided an apartment in a northern suburb of the capital today and discovered possible bomb-making materials that could have been used in the 17 August attack in Bangkok's bustling commercial heart.
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Police would not confirm where the suspect was from but said he was a foreign national and would be charged initially with possession of illegal explosive materials and held at a military facility.
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The bomb tore through the crowded Erawan Shrine, one of the country's top tourist attractions and close to high-end hotels and shopping malls, killing 20 people and wounding scores more.
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Among the dead were 14 foreigners, including seven from mainland China and Hong Kong, in an attack the military government said was intended to be a strike at Thailand's troubled economy.
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The suspect "looks like the one we are looking for", said national police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri.
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"They also found a lot of materials which can be used to make bombs."
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The prime suspect in the attack is a young man with shaggy dark hair dressed in a yellow shirt seen on grainy closed-circuit television footage dropping off a backpack and casually leaving the scene before the bomb went off.
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