Thailand’s police Tuesday linked last month’s deadly bombing that killed 20 at a Bangkok shrine to the Uighurs, an ethnic minority from northwestern China.
Police had previously said the man, carrying a Chinese passport in the name Abudureheman Abudusataer, may have directed the bombing of the Erawan Shrine.
“He recorded on his departure card that he would transit in Delhi to go to China”, Thai police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said.
Thailand has so far detained two suspects in connection with the blasts and issued arrest warrants for 12 others.
Thai officials said Friday that they think Ishan may have fled to China, and have asked the authorities there to trace him.
The man Thai authorities say performed a management position in the bombing fled to Bangladesh utilizing a Chinese passport on the eve of the blast and two weeks later transited in New Delhi and Abu Dhabi on his option to Istanbul, police stated.
“These arrests were made following a tip-off received from our counterparts in Thailand”, he told reporters during a press conference at a hotel, here, earlier today.
The “yellow-shirted man” had crossed the Thai-Malaysian border at Sungai Kolok in southern Narathiwat province with the help of a people smuggling network, according to a Bangkok Post report.
A number of suspects are in custody, but no one has been charged with a crime.
Malaysia has confirmed the arrest of three people in relation to the August. 17 bombing in Bangkok that left 20 people dead.
“The traffickers are angry that we destroyed their businesses and angry that police shut down their illegal networks”.
He said the suspects would not yet be transferred to Thailand, as Malaysian police are still investigating.
Adem Karadag, 28, was arrested on August 29 in a Bangkok apartment where bomb-making material was found.
CCTV footage released by the Police showing the two suspects at the jewellry fair. Numerous victims were foreigners as the shrine is a popular destination for tourists and Thais alike.
Police said he was a Chinese national of Uighur ethnicity who left the country before the attack, only to rescind the word “Uighur” hours later and call on the press to drop the term entirely.