Man nabbed for involvement in railway blast

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NARATHIWAT, Nov 21 – A suspect has been arrested in connection with Sunday’s bombing of a southern railway which killed three people and injured 16 others, according to the Thai army. 

Lt-Col Sutirapong Art-harn, commander of the Narathiwat 30 Special Task Force, said a suspect identified as Anwar Unu has been detained. He is the brother of Abdulloh Unu, a suspect with an outstanding arrest warrant in another security-related case.

Mr Anwar was detained yesterday under the Emergency Decree, he said.

Col Sutirapong said Mr Anwar had behaved suspiciously while frequently watching railway workers before the bomb blast which damaged a 300-metre section of the railway tracks and several carriages.

Train service in the South resumes today after being suspended to repair damaged railway track following Sunday’s bombing.

Meanwhile, police and bomb experts in Narathiwat were sent to Toh Nae Ta village in Rueso district after residents found 150 metres of electrical wire and two small gas cylinders on a road.

The authorities said two homemade bombs, each weighing 25 kg, were ready to be detonated when they were defused. Police said they believed the bombs were targeting army patrols which travel the road every day.