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Authorities, helped by information from an otherwise uncooperative suspect, are hunting for a Thai woman and a foreign man after materials believed to be used for bomb-making were seized from her room at an apartment in Min Buri district. Two more arrest warrants have been issued.

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At a noon briefing, Police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said police have obtained two new arrest warrants related based on information obtained from the Erawan bomb suspect already arrested and the most recent raid on an apartment in Min Buri.

One is for Ms Wanna Suansant, 26, who rented the apartment and another is for a foreign male of unspecified nationality.

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A team of 40 police and military officers conduct a second search of Maimuna Garden Home in Min Buri district of Bangkok on Sunday. (Photos by Apichit Jinakul)

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Authorities are hunting for a Thai woman after materials believed to be used for bomb-making were seized from her room at an apartment in Min Buri district.

She was believed to know the perpetrators thought to be behind the Erawan shrine and Sathon pier bombings, according to police sources. The group was thought to be planning more attacks.

The woman is identified as "Misaloh", and rented room No.9106 at Maimuna Garden Home, an apartment in Bangkok's Min Buri district.

The view from outside the apartment complex in Min Buri.

On Saturday night, a combined police and military force searched the room and confiscated several items which can be used to make bombs.

Found in the room include urea-based fertiliser, six 12x7cm bottles of flash powder, black and blue electrical wiring, four wristwatches, a table clock, a pack of bolts, decorative tree lights, an empty box for a walkie-talkie, a radio-controlled toy vehicle and a rucksack containing books. Police seized the items for examination.

The search was based on information gleaned from the foreigner suspect detained on Saturday in a raid at the Pool Anant apartment in Nong Chok district, where authorities seized bulk supplies of materials for making bombs, sources said.

The suspect is now being detained at the 11th Army Circle in Bangkok.

Following the Saturday night search, a team of 40 police and military officers went back Sunday to Maimuna Garden Home and searched the entire apartment again.

A welding tool was found in one room and seized for examination.

The search was a thorough one.

Deputy national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said police were deployed to five areas to track down more suspects. He declined to disclose the locations.

Police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said Sunday a network of foreign nationals is thought to be behind the Erawan shrine blast.

Pol Lt Gen Prawut said significant quantities of bomb-making materials including detonator cords and fuses seized from the suspect's room during Saturday's raid point to the possibility the suspect and his accomplices had several more targets in mind.

"There were large quantities of bomb-making materials including 10 detonator cords," said Pol Lt Gen Prawut, also assistant police chief.

The suspect detained at an apartment in Nong Chok on Saturday. Police photo.

The evidence has been sent for forensic examination and the findings will confirm if they are linked to the Erawan shrine and Sathon pier explosions, he said.

The police spokesman said the detained suspect, who cannot speak Thai, has so far denied any involvement in the Erawan shrine bombing, he said, adding authorities cannot confirm his identity or nationality.

"He gave a certain amount of cooperation, saying where he travelled from. But we don't believe everything he said. So far he has made no confession," he said.

Investigators are not ruling out any motives at this stage and it is too early to conclude what role the suspect played in the attacks.

It is believed many other people, some of whom are likely to be Thai nationals, are involved, said Pol Lt Gen Prawut. He did not give a number.

One of the possible motives in the blasts is an act of personal revenge after police recently cracked down on foreign criminals including those running fake passport syndicates.

It is possible the suspect is involved in a syndicate that makes counterfeit passports for nationals who entered Thailand on the quiet and wanted to travel to a third country, he said. More than 200 fake passports were seized from the suspect's room, which lends weight to this theory, he said.

Pol Lt Gen Prawut said other pieces of evidence such as records of phone calls are also being examined. There are photos of possible accomplices in the suspect's phone that police are trying to verify.

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accomplice : a person who helps someone else to commit a crime or to do something morally wrong - ผู้สมรู้ร่วมคิด

arrest warrant : a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone - หมายจับ

arrested : caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime - ถูกจับกุม

assistant : a person who helps or supports somebody, usually in their job - ผู้ช่วย

authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

blast : an explosion - การระเบิด

bolt : a piece of metal like a screw without a point which is used with a circle of metal (= a nut ) to fasten things together - สลักเกลียว

briefing : a meeting in which people receive information or instruction - คำแถลงการณ์สั้น,สรุปแบบสั้นๆ

bulk (adj): large amounts of something; done in large numbers or amounts - จำนวนมาก

chief : a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ

combined : joint; done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people - ที่ร่วมกัน, ร่วมมือกัน

conclude : to decide that something is true after looking at all the evidence you have - สรุป

conduct : to do something in an organised way; to carry out — - ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ

confession : admitting that you have done something wrong or illegal - การสารภาพผิด

confiscate : to take away - ยึด

cooperation : a situation in which people or organisations work together to achieve a result that will benefit all of them - การร่วมมือกัน

cord (noun): a piece of wire that is covered with plastic, used for carrying electricity to a piece of equipment - สายไฟ, สายเคเบิ้ล

counterfeit : illegal copies made in order to trick people - ของปลอม

crack down on : to start dealing with someone or something much more strictly - จัดการ, ลงมือปราบปราม

criminal : someone who has committed a crime, i.e., someone who has carried out an illegal activity or action - ผู้ที่ทำผิดกฎหมาย

decline : to say politely that you will not accept something or do something - ปฏิเสธ

decorative : decorated in a way that makes it attractive; intended to look attractive or pretty - ซึ่งใช้ตกแต่งหรือประดับประดา, ซึ่งตกแต่งแล้ว

denied (verb): said that something is not true or did not happen - ปฏิเสธ

deploy : (of police or soldiers) to put in place ready for action - ส่ง (ทหาร, ตำรวจ) ประจำการ.

deputy : a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

detained : kept in a place and not allowed to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง

detonator (noun): a piece of equipment on a bomb that makes it explode - เครื่องมือที่ใช้จุดระเบิด, ที่จุดระเบิด

disclose : to make known to the public - เปิดเผยต่อสาธารณะ

evidence : facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน

fake : made to look like something real to trick people - ปลอม

fertiliser : a natural or chemical substance which is spread on the land or given to plants, to make plants grow well - ปุ๋ย

forensic : relating to the use of scientific methods to solve  crimes or to find out why something happened - เกี่ยวกับนิติวิทยาศาสตร์

fuse : an object like a string that burns slowly and then makes a bomb explode after a delay - ฟิวส์, ลวดตะกั่วนิรภัย

glean (verb): to obtain information, knowledge etc, sometimes with difficulty and often from various different places - รวบรวมข้อมูล, เก็บตกข้อมูล

hunt (verb): to look for a person or animal in order to catch them or harm them; to chase wild animals or birds in order to catch or kill them for food, sport or to make money - ตามหา, ล่า

identified (verb): named, searched for a discovered - ระบุ

identity (noun): who someone is; what something is - เอกลักษณ์, ลักษณะพิเศษ, ลักษณะเฉพาะ

investigator : someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something - ผู้สอบสวน, ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ

involvement : the act or process of taking part in something - การเกี่ยวข้อง

lend weight to (exp): to make something seem more likely to be true or genuine - ทำให้มีแนวโน้มว่าจะเป็นจริง

linked : connected - เชื่อมโยง

location : where someone or something is - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล

materials (noun): things that are needed in order to do a particular activity - วัสดุ

motive : a reason for doing something - แรงจูงใจ

national : a citizen of a particular country - ประชาชน

nationality : the official right to belong to a particular country - สัญชาติ,เชื้อชาติ, ชนชาติ

network : a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย

passport (noun): the official government document that people need to travel outside their own country - หนังสือเดินทาง

perpetrator : someone who has committed a crime, or a violent or harmful act - ผู้ก่อการ

pier : a platform sticking out into water which people walk along or use when getting onto or off boats - ท่าเรือชนิดยื่นออกไปในน้ำ, สะพานที่ยื่นออกไปในน้ำ

quantity : a particular amount of something - ปริมาณ, จำนวน

raid (noun): using force or legal authority to enter a place suddenly in order to arrest people or search for something such as illegal weapons or drugs - การเข้าตรวจค้น

rent : to pay money for the use of something for a period of time - เช่า

revenge : something that you do to hurt or punish someone because they have hurt you or someone else - การแก้แค้น

role : the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation - บทบาท

rucksack : a backpack; a bag that you carry on your back, used when you are walking long distances or travelling to several different places - กระเป๋าสะพายหลัง

rule out : to stop considering something as a possibility - ประกาศว่าเป็นสิ่งที่เป็นไปไม่ได้

search (noun): looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something - การค้นหา

seize : to take something using official power - ยึด

seized : taken away by force or official power - ถูกยึกครอง

shrine : a place for worship which is holy because of a connection with a holy person or object - สถานที่บูชา

significant : important - สำคัญ

sought (verb): (past participle of "seek") wanted, usually by the police; being looked for - ตามหา

sources (noun): people who give information - แหล่งข่าว

spokesman : a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก

stage : a part of an activity or process or a period of development - ช่วง, ระยะ, ตอน

supply (noun): an amount or quantity of something that is available to buy or use - อุปทาน

suspect : a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย

syndicate : a group of people or companies who work together and help each other in order to achieve a particular aim - สมาคม, องค์การ, สหการ , การรวมกลุ่มเป็นสมาคม

target (noun): an object, person, business, building, area, etc., that someone intends to attack, deal with or find - เป้าหมาย

theory : one or more ideas that explain how or why something happens - สมมติฐาน

thorough : very complete - อย่างละเอียดรอบคอบ

track down (verb): to try to follow and find someone or something - ตามรอย

unspecified : not stated clearly or definitely - ไม่ระบุให้แน่ชัด

verify : to prove that something is true, or to make certain that something is correct - พิสูจน์ว่าเป็นความจริง

walkie-talkie : a small radio that you can carry and use for communicating with someone else who also has one -

welding : the process of joining two pieces of metal by heating them and pressing them together, or to become joined by this process - การเชื่อมโลหะ

wristwatch (noun): a watch that you wear on your wrist - นาฬิกาข้อมือ


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