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Woman held for 2010 Nonthaburi blast, linked to Min Buri bomb

Amphorn Jaikorn, who is suspected  of being behind a huge explosion  at a Nonthaburi apartment in  2010, arrives at the Royal Thai  Police compound to give a  statement yesterday.

Amphorn Jaikorn, who is suspected of being behind a huge explosion at a Nonthaburi apartment in 2010, arrives at the Royal Thai Police compound to give a statement yesterday.

Police have arrested a woman wanted for her alleged role in a deadly Nonthaburi apartment explosion in 2010, after finding out that she may be allegedly linked to an incident in Bangkok's Min Buri district in late March in which two men died when the pipe bomb they were carrying while riding a motorcycle exploded.

Amphorn Jaikorn, apprehended recently at her home in Chiang Mai which she shares with her foreign husband, was transported to Bangkok and met with deputy police chief General Aek Angsananont yesterday for questioning.

She travelled to the Royal Thai Police compound in a van without handcuffs.

Aek told reporters that 10 people linked with the Min Buri incident had been identified and arrest warrants would be issued.

"From police investigations, we have found that the people linked to the explosion in Min Buri are the same group of people involved in the explosion at Samarn Metta Mansion apartment," he said.

Amphorn will be charged and arrested if there is enough evidence against her following questioning, and a court approved her arrest warrant, he added.

Aek said the group was led by a man identified as Kasi Ditthanarat, who rented a house in Min Buri where explosives and pipe bombs were found.

A 2011 arrest warrant was issued for Amphorn for possessing explosives without a permit in connection with the huge explosion at Samarn Metta Mansion in Bang Bua Thong district on October 5, 2010, which killed four people and wounded many others.

It is suspected the incident was linked with violent red shirt protests in Bangkok, as a room at this apartment was found to have stored explosives.

The Department of Special Investigation recommended the arrest warrant be issued for Amphorn, who also goes by the aliases Khru (teacher) Khaeg.

Police have collected scientific evidence and DNA from her.


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