zaterdag 12 september 2015

‘Uighur’ suspect wanted over Bangkok blast: Thai police

BANGKOK (AFP) – Thai police on Saturday said an arrest warrant had been issued for an ethnic “Uighur” man over last month’s deadly Bangkok blast, for the first time identifying a suspect as a member of the Chinese minority group.

The announcement follows weeks of speculation over the motive and perpetrators of the attack which killed 20 people, the majority ethnic Chinese visitors, at a religious shrine in the capital’s bustling downtown district on August 17.

Analysts had increasingly pointed towards a link with the mostly Muslim Uighur minority from northwestern China’s Xinjiang region but Thai police had up until now refused to confirm any such links.