Police preparing to issue arrest warrant for bomb mastermind

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BANGKOK, 10 September 2015 – The Royal Thai Police are gathering evidence before seeking an arrest warrant for a prime bomb suspect known as Isan, who is allegedly behind the Ratchaprasong explosion.

Based on initial investigations, National Police Spokesperson Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri disclosed that Mr Abudusataer Abudureheman, alias Isan, who is suspected of masterminding the deadly explosion at Ratchaprasong intersection, had already left the Kingdom on August 16th, before the incident. He reportedly boarded flight BG 0089 from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangladesh where he is currently hiding.

However, Pol Lt Gen Prawut said investigators have not accepted this piece of information as true, citing that Bangladesh might have served as only his transit point to another destination. Therefore, the authorities are coordinating with other countries as well as the international police for any useful information.

In the meantime, the National Police Spokesperson said all evidence suggesting Isan’s involvement in the blast is being compiled in order for police to ask the court to issue an arrest warrant.

Police are also trying to determine the escape routes used by other bomb suspects, believing the fugitives might have received help from Thai nationals.