Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – Three suspects were arrested in Malaysia over
the bombing that killed 20 people in Bangkok last month, the
Malaysian police chief said Monday.
A Malaysian man and woman and a Pakistani man were arrested based on
information provided by Thai authorities, Inspector General Khalid
Abu Bakar said.
It was not yet certain whether they were directly involved in the
bombing, he said, adding that the Pakistani was working in Malaysia.
“This arrest is our act in helping the Thai authorities,” he said.
They were held under Malaysia’s country’s Special Preventive Measures
law, used for suspected security offences.
Thai National Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told reporters he
had corresponded with his Malaysian counterparts.
“Right now it is their investigation, until we can definitely prove
that the suspects are involved in the bombing we will adopt a
wait-and-see approach,” he said.
Prawut also revealed that the alleged mastermind behind last month’s
Bangkok bombing had fled to Turkey.
Chinese national Abudusataer Abudureheman, 27, also known as Ishan,
has been fingered by other suspects under questioning as the main
organizer behind the attack.
Prawut said that Thai and international investigators tracked
Abudureheman to Turkey via Bangladesh and the United Arab
Emirates. He was previously thought to have fled to China.
Security analysts said the terrorist attack on August 17 did not fit
the pattern of other attacks by local and regional groups.
Some have speculated that the most likely culprits were Turkish
far-right groups unhappy with Thailand’s deportation of Uighur
refugees to China in July.
Uighurs are a Muslim ethnic minority in north-western China who speak
a language related to Turkish. Many Uighurs say they suffer
discrimination at the hands of the Chinese authorities.