Bangkok Bombing: Three Thai Women Detained in Din Daeng Raid

Soldiers and bomb team members outside an apartment building being raided Sunday in Bangkok's Din Daeng district. Three women were taken into custody.

BANGKOK — Security forces raided an apartment in Bangkok yesterday and detained three of its residents in connection with the bomb attack that killed 20 people in the capital city last month.

Police and soldiers raided a women’s apartment building in the Din Daeng district at about 1pm on Sunday after receiving reports that suspects in the 17 Aug. bombing may have “dropped some things” off in one of the rooms there, Bangkok police commander Sriwarah Rangsipramnakul.

“Suspects in the Ratchaprasong Intersection bombing dropped clothes and some other things in the room,” Lt. Gen. Sriwarah said. “So we detained three women who owned the room for interrogation and collected evidence in the room in order to find DNA and fingerprint traces.”


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No bomb-making materials were found in the apartment room, Sriwarah added.

The three women were identified as Kwanchira, 23; Ratsanan, 24; and Panisara, 39. They were sent to an army base in Bangkok for interrogation, under an April order issued by the ruling military junta that permits soldiers to hold individuals without court warrant for up to seven days.

20 people were killed and more than 150 injured when the bomb struck the popular Erawan Shrine at Ratchaprasong Intersection on 17 Aug. Most of the victims are foreign tourists. On the next day, a bomb exploded in the water next to Sathorn Pier – another site frequently visited by foreign tourists – but no one was injured in the blast.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far, though police have issued 12 arrest warrants in connection with the bombing.

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Police Lt. Gen. Prawuth Thawornsiri announces an arrest warrant Saturday for shrine bombing suspect Abu Dustar Abdulrahman.

A 12th arrest warrant in the investigation was issued yesterday for 27-year-old Chinese national Abu Dustar Abdulrahman, according to police spokesman Prawuth Thawornsiri.

Although police initially identified Izaan as the ringleader of those behind the bombing and as a Chinese Uighur when the warrant was first announced, Prawuth walked those assertions back yesterday.

“We don’t believe that he’s the mastermind, because there is some other evidence. We will also inspect information provided by the Chinese authorities,” Lt.Gen. Prawuth told reporters. “We will coordinate with Interpol and police of countries that we believe Izaan is hiding, in order to ask for an extradition.”

He also asked reporters not to identify him as a Uighur, as he was in an image first made public by police and later revised to drop the reference.

No one has claimed credit for the attack but the belief that a Uighur group or another sympathetic to their cause has been bolstered by abundant links made between Turkish suspects and Chinese nationals from Xinjiang province, the Uighur homeland.

Speculation has ascribed the attack as vengeance for Thailand’s decision to deport more than 100 Uighurs back to China in July under pressure from Beijing.

Abdulrahman is thought to have fled Thailand to Bangladesh a day before the bomb attack and then flown to Beijing on 30 Aug.; authorities have said they will seek his cooperation in locating and extraditing him from the Chinese.

He is the second Chinese national to be identified as a suspect in the case. On 1 Sept., another man identified as being from Xinjiang, Yusufu Mieraili, was taken into custody near the border with Cambodia. 

 

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