Bangkok bombing suspect ‘confesses’ to possessing explosives

AOne of the two men arrested over last month’s deadly Bangkok bombing has admitted to a charge of possessing explosives, police said yesterday, in the first confession over the unprecedented attack on Thailand.Police say the suspect, Yusufu Mieraili, was arrested last week near the border with Cambodia.“We have informed him of the charge. He acknowledged and confessed to the charge,” national police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told reporters.Police have not revealed his nationality, although he was caught in possession of a Chinese passport with a birthplace listed as Xinjiang — home to the country’s oppressed Uighur Muslim minority. Mystery surrounds the alleged bombers’ motive but speculation has hardened on links to China’s Turkic-speaking Uighur minority.

Thailand deported scores of Uighur refugees to China early in the summer, prompting protests in Turkey where some nationalists hold a deep affinity with the minority group.A second man identified as Adem Karadag has already been charged over the crime after he was caught in a flat in a Bangkok suburb with bomb-making paraphernalia and dozens of fake Turkish passports.Two Indians have also been taken into custody for questioning after they were seen on CCTVs talking to the suspect wanted in the bombing. The two Indians, who were not identified, have been taken to a military camp for questioning, The Nation quoted police as saying.

“Nothing is really known so far about the Indians and it is not clear what the questioning is about,” sources toldPress Trust of India. The two Indians, whose names were withheld, were taken away for questioning after Assistant Police Commissioner General Prawut Thawornsiri led a team to search the Maimuna Garden Home apartment in Minburi at 9 pm last night.  The two Indians were staying in the room next to the one where police found bomb making materials, the paper said. Prawut also told reporters a new warrant has also been issued for a foreign man of unknown nationality called Abdullah Abdullahman

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