KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s police chief says a Pakistani and two Malaysians have been detained in connection with last month’s bombing of a shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people.
Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters Monday that the three were detained a few days ago following a tip-off by Thai authorities. He said one of the Malaysians is a woman.
He said Malaysian police will investigate and work with Thai authorities on the detainees. The Aug. 17 blast at the Erawan Shrine in the Thai capital killed 20 people, including five Malaysians from one family, and injured more than 120.
He did not give details or say when the three will be formally charged, or what the charges would be.
On Saturday, Thailand issued an arrest warrant for a 12th suspect in connection with the bombing.
Police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri said the charge against Abudusataer Abudureheman is illegal possession of military hardware.
Police identified the suspect as a 27-year-old ethnic Uighur from China who also uses the name “Ishan”.
Thai officials said Friday that they think Ishan may have fled to China, and have asked the authorities there to trace him.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has suggested the bombers may have been from a gang involved in smuggling Uighurs from the Chinese region of Xinjiang, while others speculate they may be separatists or Islamist extremists angry that Thailand recently repatriated more than 100 Uighurs to China.