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Police confirm two Phuket bomb suspects arrested

PHUKET: The Royal Thai Police have confirmed today (Oct 20) that two suspects wanted in connection with the August 12 bombings in Patong have been arrested.

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Yutthawat Lekmak

Thursday 20 October 2016, 05:28PM


One of the suspects, Muhammad Muhi, was presented to media during a meeting held at Phuket City Police Station at 2pm this afternoon. While the second, who has not yet been named, was formally identified by a local witness at the police station before the meeting took place.

Officers from the Royal Thai Police flew to Phuket from Bangkok this morning and were then flown to Phuket City Police Station via helicopter with the suspect. They then held the meeting to update local police regarding the two bombs which exploded in Patong on the morning of Aug 12.

During the meeting Deputy Chief of the Royal Thai Police Lt Gen Sriwara Rangsipromkul said, “I can confirm that we now have two suspects connected with the Patong bombings in custody.

“The two men are from the deep south and they have been formally identified by witnesses.”

When asked by media if the men could be named, Lt Gen Sriwara confirmed one name, “Muhammad Muhi,” he said. Lt Gen Sriwara gave no further details about Muhammad’s arrest or the second suspect.

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However, he did add, “The two men at first denied that they caused the explosions when interviewed by police, but Muhammad Muhi admitted he was one of the bombers whilst being questioned by the military.”

When asked if more suspects are likely to be arrested, he said, “If we have evidence which leads us to more suspects then we will ask for warrants from the court.“

Lt Gen Sriwara was then asked if he was confident that the suspects would be brought to justice. “We have enough evidence such as CCTV footage and witnesses,” he replied.

Chief of the Phuket Provincial Police Maj Gen Teerapol Thipjaroen then announced that media had asked enough questions and that Lt Gen Sriwara had to leave to go to Nakhon Sri Thammarat.  

 

 

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