Bangkok blast suspect hired to make bombs

Bangkok, Sep 7 (IANS) The latest suspect caught in connection with deadly Bangkok blast has admitted to assembling the bomb before handing it to a yellow-shirted suspect who subsequently planted the device at the location, the media reported on Monday.

Yusufu Mieraili, 25, whose nationality was yet to be confirmed, was apprehended on September 1 in connection with the August 17 blast at Erawan shrine in Bangkok.

He had been ordered by the mastermind, identified as “Izaan”, to buy bomb-making materials from the internet, Xinhua news agency reported.

Having finished making the bomb, the suspect was ordered by Izaan to give the bomb to the yellow-shirted man.

According to the suspect, Izaan left Thailand on August 16. He had also commanded the yellow-shirted bomber and a blue-shirted man suspected to have dropped a bomb at the Sathorn pier on August 18.

Mieraili was handed over to police on Monday. He was arrested in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province near the border with Cambodia.

Investigators said Mieraili was also seen on camera at the site of the bombing with the yellow-shirted man who police believe placed the bomb that left 20 people dead and more than 120 others injured.

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