Suspect ‘Wanna’ Left Thailand Weeks Prior to Attack

Immigration record of Wanna Suansan leaving Thailand on July 1, more than six weeks before the 17 Aug.  bombing of the Erawan Shrine.

BANGKOK — A woman sought in connection with the bombing of the Erawan Shrine last month left Thailand nearly more than six weeks before the attack.

According to immigration records obtained by Khaosod English, Wanna Suansan departed Thailand from Phuket International Airport on 1 July on Etihad Airways flight No. EY0431 bound for Abu Dhabi with her husband and infant child.

A warrant for Wanna's arrest was issued yesterday in connection to the 17 Aug. bombing after an apartment rented in her name was raided in Min Buri district, where a cache of bomb-making materials were found. 

Her husband is believed to be a Turkish national, and this afternoon a court issued warrants for the arrest of three Turkish men wanted in connection with the attack.

When soldiers yesterday searched Wanna's family home in the southern province of Phang Nga province, a family member contacted her via the Line chat app at their request, according to a neighbor. She reportedly responded that she was in Turkey. Her family said they hadn't seen her in three months.

The neighbor, who asked to not be identified by the media, said Wanna is being used as a scapegoat.

"I want everyone from relevant [agencies] to come and meet Wanna's parents in person," she said. "They will know that how pitiable they are, as ordinary villagers, now that their daughter stands accused by society and branded as one of the perpetrators. I am afraid that my friend is now a scapegoat."

 

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