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    Sep 01, 2015

    Thai police seek woman, unnamed man in blast probe


    POLICE investigating the Bangkok blast said they were seeking a Thai woman and an unidentified foreign man after bomb-making materials were discovered over the weekend in a second apartment raided by the police.

    In the earlier raid on Saturday on an apartment in Bangkok's Nong Chok district, a foreigner was arrested. The explosives and stacks of fake Turkish passports found in his possession were seized.

    In a televised broadcast yesterday, national police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri showed a photograph of the wanted woman wearing a black hijab, which was taken from an official identity card, reported the Agence France-Presse.

    He named her as 26-year-old Wanna Suansan - the first time a suspect in the bombing probe has been identified.

    A sketch of an unidentified man, with short hair and a moustache and said to be in his 40s, was also broadcast.

    "We found fertiliser bags, watches, radio controls - parts to make bombs and electric charges," lieutenant-general Prawut said of the raid on the apartment in Bangkok's suburb of Minburi.

    He added that the type of fertiliser found was urea-based. Urea nitrate is a compound commonly used in homemade bombs.

    The police have not confirmed the identity or nationality of the 28-year-old man they arrested on Saturday. He is charged with possessing illegal explosives.

    Many Thai Muslims and foreigners live in Nong Chok and nearby Minburi.

    Since the weekend, the police have mentioned an unspecified network they are tracking via mobile phones, but have provided no details about the group, reported Reuters.

    The police believe the suspect in custody was part of a crime group that helped illegal migrants obtain counterfeit documents.

    They also believe the bomb attack was retaliation for a recent crackdown on their lucrative trade.