Thai police have arrested a foreign man with a Turkish passport that they suspect of being involved in the Bangkok bombing 12 days ago that killed 20 people, including 7 Chinese. The arrest further fuels speculation that the attack was a retaliation for Thailand’s deportation of Uighur asylum seekers back to China last month.
Thai security forces raided an apartment in Nong Jok on the outskirts of eastern Bangkok earlier on Saturday, arresting one man and discovering possible bomb-making materials, according to the Bangkok Post.
“The suspect looks like the one we are looking for,” police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told reporters.
The man was holding a Turkish passport, which very well could be fake, with the name Adem Karadg. It’s not immediately clear if the man was the same man caught on security cameras before a second explosion less than a day after the first, or if police suspect him as working with the bomber.
Though police did say that the arrested man fits the description of the main suspect in the August 17th bomb attack.
On Friday, Thai police questioned three Uighur Muslims, who were under detention for illegal entry, about the deadly Bangkok bombing, according to Reuters.
Security analysts have speculated that China’s ethnic Uighur minority may have been behind the attack, seeking revenge for Thailand forced repatriation of more than 100 Uighur refugees last month—a move that was widely condemned by rights groups fearing for the refugees’ safety back in China and strongly rebuked by Turkey.