Police reveal identity of bomb mastermind; pursuit underway

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BANGKOK, 9 September 2015 – The Royal Thai Police have been able to identify the individual who orchestrated the twin bombings in Bangkok and are urgently tracking him down.

In his capacity as chief of the investigative team probing the explosions at Ratchaprasong Intersection and Sathorn Pier, Deputy National Police Chief Police General Jakthip Chaijinda announced that the suspect known as Isan has been officially identified as Abudusataer Abudureheman. He is believed to be a leading member of the network responsible for the bomb attacks.

According to intelligence reports, Isan has already fled to Bangladesh. Pol Gen Jakthip said the Thai police are attempting to pursue the fugitive and pinpoint his whereabouts through coordination with international counterparts and the Bangladeshi government.

As for the man in a yellow shirt who was seen on CCTV placing a bomb at the Erawan Shrine, Pol Gen Jakthip expressed confidence that ongoing investigations will lead to his arrest eventually.

Meanwhile, the Min Buri Provincial Court has approved the detention of Mr Yusufu Mieraili, the second bomb suspect arrested by police. Bail was not granted to the suspect as he has a known tendency to jump bail. Further interrogation is pending.