Thailand issues warrant for alleged mastermind behind bomb attack

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Thai authorities on Saturday issued a warrant for the alleged mastermind behind last month’s Bangkok bombing, which left 20 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for 27 year-old Chinese national Abudusataer Abudureheman, also known as ‘Ishan,’ on charges of possession of bomb-making materials.

Abudureheman was singled out by other arrested suspects as the main organizer behind the attack.

“We are still investigating to see if Ishan is the main mastermind behind the network,” Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told reporters.

Abudureheman is said to have left the country one day before the August 17 bomb attacks, heading to China via Bangladesh.

Thai authorities have asked the media not to speculate on whether the new suspect is a Uighur minority.

Uighurs are a Muslim ethnic minority in north-western China who speak a language related to Turkish. Many Uighurs say they suffer discrimination at the hands of the Chinese authorities.

Security analysts said the terrorist attack did not fit the pattern of other attacks by local and regional groups.

Some have speculated that the most likely culprits were Turkish far-right groups unhappy with Thailand’s deportation of Uighur refugees to China in July.

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