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Min Buri bombing suspect identified

Warrant sought for man who rented house

POLICE ARE seeking an arrest warrant for the prime suspect in a fatal bombing in Bangkok's Min Buri district on Saturday night.

The suspect has been identified as Ao Issara, based on an identification paper he allegedly used to rent a house for a group of more than 10 men.

Two of the men were killed in the bomb blast on March 29, reportedly while they were carrying explosives on a motorcycle.

Witnesses told police that following the deadly explosion, all the men in the rented house disappeared.

"They left in a white van. We will try to locate that vehicle," Min Buri Police Station superintendent Pol Colonel Kanchon Intararam said.

An ongoing investigation has suggested that Ao Issara is a false identity the suspect had used to rent the house. The tenant had told his landlord his group was a bunch of electricians.

"When signing the rental contract he produced what looked like an ID card of a Ratchaburi community-police member. But there was no real person registered under the name of Ao Issara in the country's household registration," Kanchon said.

He said more than 10 men had moved into the house on March 8. Kanchon said police had a photo of the alleged suspect and locals could remember his face.

Metropolitan Police Division 3 commander Pol Maj-General Sukhun Prommayon said available evidence and witnesses' statements had proved useful to the ongoing inquiries.

"But we can't disclose details at this point," he said.

He has disclosed that police were now examining fingerprints inside the rented house as well as materials left behind them.

"Further evidence will determine whether this bombing is related to other bomb blasts," Sukhun said.

National police chief Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew said the ongoing investigation suggested the group involved in the Min Buri bombing was part of an illegal network.

"We have to dig deep and find out about this illegal network's motive. We will also need to determine whether it is related to any other group," he said.

Adul has instructed assistant national police commissioner Pol Lt-General Winai Thongsong to urgently look into the case.

Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said he believed the Min Buri case might have been linked to the arrest of four suspects in Bangkok's Bang Na district in January. However he refused to elaborate.


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