Thai police admit neither of the two men arrested over the Bangkok bombing actually planted the explosive but both are ‘conspirators’ 

  • Adem Karadag and Yusufu Mieraili are not believed to be main suspect
  • But police claim they are thought to be part of the group behind the attack
  • Both have been charged with possessing 'illegal bomb weapons'  
  • Blast at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok killed 20 and injured more than 100

Thai police have admitted that neither of the two men arrested for the Bangkok bombing actually planted the explosive.

But detectives claim the two foreign suspects - named as Adem Karadag and Yusufu Mieraili - were part of the wider conspiracy.

The blast at a Hindu shrine in Bangkok killed 20 - including 17 foreigners - and injured more than 100.

Thai Police have admitted they now believe that neither Adem Karadag, pictured, or Yusufu Mieraili planted the explosive. Pictured: Karadeg at Bangkok's central police station

Thai Police have admitted they now believe that neither Adem Karadag, pictured, or Yusufu Mieraili planted the explosive. Pictured: Karadeg at Bangkok's central police station

Chief suspect: Royal Thai Police released a sketch of the suspect (left) and a CCTV image of the main suspect (right) in the deadly shrine bombing in Bangkok

Chief suspect: Royal Thai Police released a sketch of the suspect (left) and a CCTV image of the main suspect (right) in the deadly shrine bombing in Bangkok

The pairs arrests had been seen as a potential breakthrough in the country's deadliest bomb attack, but today police admitted evidence suggested neither was the main suspect.

CCTV footage of the suspect showed a thin man with a short moustache who wore a baseball cap, yellow t-shirt and sunglasses. 

'Evidence has showed that Yusufu was probably not the yellow-shirt' suspect, national police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told reporters at a press conference in Bangkok.

He added that 'nothing had confirmed' Karadag was the chief suspect, referring to DNA tests without elaborating on the exact checks conducted.

The first blast-related arrest came last Saturday when police raided Karadag's flat in the eastern outskirts of Bangkok. 

He was allegedly found in possession of bomb-making paraphernalia

Mieraili was detained three days later while trying to cross into Cambodia, according to Thai police. 

Explosion: The blast (pictured) at the Erawan Shrine in the commercial Rajaprasong district killed 20 and injured over 100

Destruction: Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on August 17

Destruction: Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on August 17

Evidence: Royal Thai Army soldiers display the items seized from the Erawan Shrine bombing suspect after they arrested him in Sa Kaeo district

Evidence: Royal Thai Army soldiers display the items seized from the Erawan Shrine bombing suspect after they arrested him in Sa Kaeo district

Explosive: Thai investigators are hunting two new suspects after finding a remote-controlled car 'detonator' (pictured) during an apartment raid

Explosive: Thai investigators are hunting two new suspects after finding a remote-controlled car 'detonator' (pictured) during an apartment raid

New leads: Thai police have issued arrest warrants for three more foreign male suspects (pictured, sketches of all three)
New leads: Thai police have issued arrest warrants for three more foreign male suspects (pictured, sketches of all three)
New leads: Thai police have issued arrest warrants for three more foreign male suspects (pictured, sketches of all three)

New leads: Thai police have issued arrest warrants for three more foreign male suspects (pictured, sketches of all three)

It was claimed his DNA was discovered in another flat where bomb-making equipment was also found .

Thai police spokesman confirmed both men have since been charged with possessing 'illegal bomb weapons.'

Wanted: Turkish national Emrah Davutoglu has been named by police as a suspect

Wanted: Turkish national Emrah Davutoglu has been named by police as a suspect

Authorities have refused to confirm the two arrested men's nationalities as they believe both used fake identity documents and are still liaising with embassies.

Karadag was allegedly found with dozens of fake Turkish passports while Mieraili was said to carry a Chinese passport.

A further seven people are wanted over the attack including a Turkish national named as Emrah Davutoglu by police, the first time Thai authorities have revealed the nationality of a foreign suspect of the attack.

The motive for the bombing remains shrouded in mystery but speculation has mounted that the shrine was targeted by a network sympathetic to refugees from China's Uighur minority.

In July Thailand forcibly deported to China 109 Uighurs, enraging supporters of the minority who allege they face torture and repression back home.

The Hindu shrine is especially popular with ethnic Chinese visitors to Bangkok, who believe prayers there bring good fortune, and they comprised the majority of the blast's fatalities.

Shortly after dawn today Thai officials held a religious ceremony at the newly-restored golden statue of the four-faced Hindu god Brahma after the blast had damaged one of the deity's faces.

In recent years scores of Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking group, are believed to have fled Xinjiang in northwestern China, many travelling through Southeast Asia with the aim of reaching Turkey. 

Thai police issued two new arrest warrants and released images of a Thai woman (left) and a foreign man of unknown nationality (right) as part of the widening investigation
Thai police issued two new arrest warrants and released images of a Thai woman (left) and a foreign man of unknown nationality (right) as part of the widening investigation

Wanted: Thai police issued two new arrest warrants and released images of a Thai woman (left) and a foreign man of unknown nationality (right) as part of the widening investigation

The newly refurbished Hindu shrine that is popular with ethnic Chinese visitors to Bangkok

The newly refurbished Hindu shrine that is popular with ethnic Chinese visitors to Bangkok

Shortly after dawn today Thai officials held a religious ceremony at the newly-restored golden statue

Shortly after dawn today Thai officials held a religious ceremony at the newly-restored golden statue

 

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