Bangkok bombing suspect in Turkey, 3 held in Malaysia


A key suspect in the plotting of last month’s deadly bombing in Bangkok was last tracked via multiple flights to Turkey, Thai police said on Monday, and Malaysia announced it had made three arrests related to the attack.
No group has claimed responsibility for the Aug. 17 bombing at the Erawan Hindu shrine, which killed 20 people, including 14 foreigners, among them seven from Hong Kong and mainland China.
The man Thai authorities say played a leading role in the bombing fled to Bangladesh using a Chinese passport on the eve of the blast and two weeks later transited in New Delhi and Abu Dhabi on his way to Istanbul, police said.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a man using the name Abu Dustar Abdulrahman, alias Izan, and circulated via Interpol.
“We have evidence from the Bangladeshi Embassy that Izan went to Abu Dhabi and then to Turkey,” police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said, adding that the Turkish Embassy had been notified.
In Kuala Lumpur, police said two Malaysians and a Pakistani national had been arrested and were assisting with the investigation.
“Malaysian and Thai police are working closely,” Malaysia’s police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar, told reporters.
Initially, Thai police said they were unaware of those arrests. Prawut later said they were held over people smuggling and Malaysian counterparts believed they may have helped those involved in the Bangkok plot to escape. Thailand had been following a lead that the suspected bomber, a yellow-shirted man caught on a security camera leaving the device at the shrine, could have been in Malaysia.


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