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Bangkok bomb suspect arrested at Thai-Cambodia checkpoint: Thailand PM

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This image released by the Royal Thai Police on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, shows a detailed sketch of the main suspect in a bombing that killed a number of people at the Erawan shrine in downtown Bangkok, on Monday. Thailand's national police chief said Wednesday that a deadly bombing at a central Bangkok shrine was carried out by "a network," as investigators focused on a man seen in a grainy security video leaving a backpack behind just 20 minutes before the explosion. The message above the sketch says "Criminal record registration department." (Royal Thai Police via AP)

Bangkok: Thailand’s prime minister said Tuesday a second foreign man has been arrested at a checkpoint on the Cambodian border on suspicion of involvement in last month’s deadly shrine bombing.
It was the second confirmed arrest in connection with the 17 August blast that tore through a religious shrine in downtown Bangkok and killed 20 people, mostly ethnic Chinese devotees.Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who also heads the nation’s junta, was asked by reporters to comment on rumours a man had been detained.
“It’s true. He has been arrested at Sa Kaeo checkpoint,” Prayut said, referring to the Thai side of a border crossing with Cambodia.
Asked whether he is thought to be the person who planted the bomb at the Erawan shrine in Bangkok’s busy Chidlom shopping district he replied: “We are interrogating. He is a main suspect and a foreigner.”
The motive for the blast — Thailand’s worst single mass-casualty attack — remains shrouded in mystery.
Suspicion has variously fallen on Thailand’s bitter political rivals, organised criminal gangs, Islamist militants, rebels in the kingdom’s strife-torn south and sympathisers of refugees from China’s Uighur minority.
Arrest warrants have been issued for several people in connection with the blast.
The only named warrant is for a 26-year-old Thai Muslim woman called Wanna Suansan.

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