World

Bangkok Blasts: Malaysian Police May Have Arrested 2 Suspected Bombers

NEWS WORLD INDIA | 0
79
| September 21 , 2015 , 10:04 IST
Police in Malaysia have sent photos of two men, one of whom is believed to be the yellow-shirt bomber involved in last month's Erawan shrine blast, stated a Thai security official on Sunday. [caption id="attachment_110319" align="aligncenter" width="700"]This Aug. 17, 2015, image, released by Royal Thai Police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri shows a man wearing a yellow T-shirt near the Erawan Shrine before an explosion occurred in Bangkok, Thailand. Prawut said he believes the man is a suspect in the blast that killed a number of people at a shrine in downtown Bangkok on Monday night. (Royal Thai Police via AP) This Aug. 17, 2015, image, released by Royal Thai Police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri shows a man wearing a yellow T-shirt near the Erawan Shrine before an explosion occurred in Bangkok, Thailand. Prawut said he believes the man is a suspect in the blast that killed a number of people at a shrine in downtown Bangkok on Monday night. (Royal Thai Police via AP)[/caption] The other photo was of a “blue-shirt man” who allegedly kicked a device into the Chao Phraya River that blew up harmlessly under Sathorn Pier. Thai security agencies would see if the pictures of the two men detained by Malaysia's Special Branch Police in Kuala Lumpur matched with images captured on surveillance footage. ALSO READ: Bangkok Bombing: Suspect Was At Delhi Airport For Few Hours Before Escaping To Istanbul Malaysian plainclothes and uniformed police on Saturday searched several apartments and rental rooms believed to be hiding places of the two bombers at the request of Thai police. Last week, a Pakistani and two Malaysians were detained in connection with last month's bombing of a shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people, the national police chief said Monday. Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters that the three were detained a few days ago following a tip-off by Thai authorities. He said one of the Malaysians is a woman. The Aug. 17 blast at the Erawan Shrine in the Thai capital killed 20 people, including five Malaysians from one family, and injured more than 120. Many of the victims were foreigners as the shrine is a popular destination for tourists and Thais alike. ALSO READ: Bangkok Blasts: Three Women Detained In Connection To Hindu Shrine Bombing Khalid did not give details or say where in Malaysia the three were detained, when they will be formally charged, or what the charges would be. He said Malaysian police will investigate and work with Thai authorities on the detainees. Thai police say the man who may have actually planted the bomb may have fled across Thailand's southern border to Malaysia, but Khalid refused to speculate on that. (With AP inputs)