Thai police say suspect handed backpack to Bangkok bomber

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BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say that a key suspect has told them he met with the Bangkok shrine bomber outside a train station and handed him a heavy backpack just before the blast occurred the night of Aug. 17.

Police announced the development Wednesday as they escorted the suspect to the scene of the alleged handover and also to the Erawan Shrine, where the blast killed 20 people.

Police officers escort a key suspect in last month’s Bangkok bombing, center right in yellow shirt around a central Bangkok shopping center during a reenactment for the Aug. 17 bombing at Bangkok’s popular Erawan Shrine. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

National police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told reporters the suspect told interrogators the backpack “was heavy and it was a bomb.”

(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Police have identified the man as Yusufu Mierili. His nationality has not been confirmed but police say he was carrying a Chinese passport.

(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

He is one of two men arrested since the attack. The suspected bomber has not been found.

(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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