Saturday, August 29

Bangkok Erawan Shrine and Sathorn pier bombings: suspect arrested UPDATED 3X

UPDATE 4:25am EDT August 30

From a BBC report, 3:55am EDT Aug 30:

Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said the man "is a culprit in the same network" as those behind the blast.
'Personal feud'
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.

UPDATE 2:00 AM EDT August 30 
For the moment Bangkok Post has the most authoritative report on the captured Bangkok bombings suspect:

Police arrest Erawan bomb suspect (Updated Sunday)

I'm not going to bother to quote the extensive report, which conflicts with other news sources in various details including how the police nabbed the suspect. But this does look like the most informative and authoritative report to be published so far.

Reuters report filed at 12:07 EDT August 30 adds a few details that can be thrown onto the pile of data bits.  

UPDATE 12:35pm EDT August 30
See my post from a few moments ago:

Captured suspect in Bangkok bombings NOT the suspect in police sketch OR shown in CCTV footage


2:38pm EDT - August 29, 2015
The Associated Press via TV New Zealand (TVNZ)

Thai authorities have identified the foreigner they arrested with a fake Turkish passport and bomb-making materials, in the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago.

"He is most likely related to the bombing," said deputy police chief Chakthip Chaijinda of the suspect.
Police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri said police found detonators and a metal pipe with lids, apparently meant to be used as a bomb, during the raid on 28-year-old Adem Karadag's apartment in outskirts of eastern Bangkok.
He said several passports were found in the apartment but did not say from which country.

The August 17 blast at the Erawan Shrine in one of Bangkok's most upscale shopping districts left 20 people dead, including several foreigners, and more than 120 people injured. 
A day later another bomb exploded in the Sathorn area of Bangkok but did not cause any injuries.

Thavornsiri said preliminary checks show the suspect is related to both bombings.
Authorities had not yet determined his nationality, dismissing reports by local news organisations that he is Turkish, he said.
Images of the passport were posted on social media. "The passport you see is fake. We don't know if he is Turkish or not," Thavornsiri said.

The suspect is being held by the military for interrogation.

"Thai police picture shows alleged Turkish suspect called Adem Karadag arrested in Bangkok for the Erawan explosion in Bangkok."



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