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Erawan shrine blast suspect Yusufu Mieraili has admitted to delivering the backpack containing the bomb to the yellow-shirted suspect as the national police chief cracks down on immigration officials.

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The Uighur suspect Yusufu Mieraili, 25, captured last week while trying to get to Cambodia, told military interrogators he handed off the Erawan shrine killer bomb to the man in the yellow T-shirt just before the blast. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

Suspect confesses to delivering bag to shrine bomber, police say

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Mr Mieraili was given a quick medical check. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

Erawan shrine blast suspect Yusufu Mieraili has admitted to delivering the backpack containing the bomb to the yellow-shirted suspect who left it in the Ratchaprasong area, causing the deadly explosion on Aug 17, police sources say.

Arrest warrants were issued for two more suspects Monday and officials have also detained two Indian nationals for questioning.

Mr Mieraili, 25, was transferred Monday from the 11th Military Circle to the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) for further questioning.

The investigation into the Erawan shrine attack, which killed 20 people and injured 130, pinpointed a man in a yellow T-shirt captured on CCTV cameras as the prime suspect.

Another blast took place at Sathon pier the following day, but caused no casualties.

A man wearing a blue shirt was identified as a suspect on CCTV footage.

Police sources said Mr Mieraili confessed to being part of the network which planted the bombs.

Mr Mieraili said he had seen both the yellow- and blue-shirted men at the Pool Anant apartment in Nong Chok district, where a haul of bomb-making material was seized last week, but he denied knowing the names of the men.

He allegedly confessed to passing the bomb-laden rucksack to the yellow-shirted suspect, who got out of a taxi at Hua Lamphong railway station and travelled by tuk-tuk to the shrine where he is thought to have planted the bomb.

Mr Mieraili's passport shows he is a Chinese national from the Xinjiang region, which is home to ethnic Uighurs. He told investigators his parents still live in the region.

When the blast took place, he was nearby and used his mobile phone to take photos of the aftermath before heading to Pratunam, where he escaped by taxi, the source said.

Mr Mieraili decided to confess to the crimes because he feared he would be sent back to China, said the source, adding that the suspect prefers to be prosecuted in Thailand rather than be sent back to China.

In addition, investigators gleaned from questioning him that 10-12 people were involved in the bombings.

Also on Monday, two new arrest warrants were issued for Abdullah Abdulrahman, 180cm tall, and another unidentified man. The warrant for Mr Abdulrahman is based on an identikit sketch.

The 11th and 12th arrest warrants in the Erawan shrine terrorist bombing were issued Monday for Abdullah Abdulrahman, left, and an unidentified man. The warrants imply they may also have information about the explosion at the Sathon pier on Aug 18. (Photos courtesy of Royal Thai Police)

Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said the pair were also tenants of Room 412 and 414 at the Pool Anant apartment.

They face charges of possessing illegal explosive substances and military hardware without having a licence.

The announcement of the new suspects brings the total number of suspects in the case to 12 – 10 of whom remain at large.

Meanwhile, two Indian nationals were hauled in for questioning after they were seen on CCTV footage at the Maimuna apartment building frequently speaking with Mr Mieraili, a police source said.

The pair stayed in a room near the one where urea-based fertiliser and other items for bomb-making were discovered on Aug 30.

The Indian men's passports were genuine, and they had met Mr Mieraili at the apartment building, according to investigators.

Meanwhile, National Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang called a meeting with the heads of 54 immigration police checkpoints countrywide.

A source who attended the meeting said Pol Gen Somyot was angry with immigration officers for allowing bomb suspects to enter the country illegally.

Pol Gen Somyot said some immigration police benefited from illegally allowing foreigners to overstay their visas in Thailand.

Officers give student visas to foreigners to teach at bogus schools for 12,000-15,000 baht, the source said, citing the police chief.

Other officials have accepted bribes from foreigners in order to enter the country illegally, he added.

Some immigration officers also unlawfully give entry stamps to migrants who use Thailand as a transit country while seeking access to third countries, the source said.

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access (verb): to allow entry to a building or place; to be able to get to something - ทำให้เข้าสู่ได้

adj (noun): connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร

admitted (verb): agreed that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ

aftermath : the effects and results of something bad or important - ผลที่ตามมา

allegedly (adv): stated without giving complete proof - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา, นัยว่า

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

at large : not having been caught by the police - ลอยนวล, ยังไม่ถูกจับกุม

backpack : a large bag, often supported on a light metal frame, carried on the back and used especially by people who go climbing or walking - เป้สะพายหลัง, กระเป๋าสะพายหลัง

benefit : to recieve an advantage - ได้รับประโยชน์

blast : an explosion - การระเบิด

bogus (adj): not real, although pretending to be real - ปลอม, เทียม

bribe : money or a present given to someone so that they will help you doing something dishonest or illegal - สินบน

capture : to catch someone or something; to take someone as a prisoner - จับ, จับกุม

casualty (noun): victim; someone/ something that has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a bad event such as a disaster or crime (casualties: the number of dead or injured) - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย; จำนวนคนตายหรือได้รับบาดเจ็บ

CCTV : a television system that works within a limited area, for example a public building, to observe what is happening there and often to protect it from crime - โทรทัศน์วงจรปิด (ซีซีทีวี)

CCTV footage : video from a CCTV camera - ภาพหรือหนังในเทปวิดีโอจากกล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย

checkpoint : a place where people are stopped and questioned and vehicles are examined, especially at a border between two countries - ด่านตรวจ

cite : to mention something as an example - กล่าวถึง

confess (verb): to admit that you have committed a crime - สารภาพผิด

countrywide : throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ

courtesy : provided free by a person or an organisation -

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

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

discover : to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - ค้นพบ

ethnic : of a group of people with the same culture or traditions - กลุ่มชาติพันธุ์

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

frequently : happening often - บ่อยๆ

genuine : real; honest - แท้

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

hardware (noun): the equipment, machinery and vehicles used to do something - เครื่องกลไกที่ใช้ปฏิบัติการ

haul : an usually large amount of something that has been stolen or is illegal or something that has been taken from criminals by the police - ของที่ถูกขโมยไปหรือถูกยึดไป

haul : to pull something heavy slowly and with difficulty - ลาก

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

identikit (noun): a set of drawings of different features that can be put together to form the face of a person, especially somebody wanted by the police, using descriptions given by people who saw the person; a picture made in this way -

illegal : against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย

immigration police : the police agency dealing with people entering and leaving the country - สำนักงานตรวจคนเข้าเมือง

injure : to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal - ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, ทำร้าย

interrogator : a person who asks someone a lot of questions in order to get information - ผู้สอบถาม, ผู้ซักถาม

investigation : the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something - การสอบสวน

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

involved (verb): taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง, มีบทบาท

issue : to officially give out - ออก

item : a single article or object - รายการ, รายการสิ่งของ

laden : carrying something heavy, or supporting the weight of something heavy - บรรทุกสิ่งของหนัก

licence : an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something - ใบอนุญาต

material : a substance that things can be made from - วัตถุ

meanwhile : at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน

Metropolitan Police Bureau (noun): a city police department, the Bangkok city police department - กองบัญชาการตำรวจนครบาล

migrant : someone who travels to another place or country in order to find work (an immigrant is someone who comes to live in a country from another country) - ผู้อพยพ, คนงานต่างถิ่น

national : a citizen of a particular country - ประชาชน

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

overstay : stay in a country for longer than you are allowed to stay, not leaving when your visa to stay in the country ends -

pair : two people who are doing something together - คู่

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

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

pinpoint : to discover or explain exactly what something is - เจาะจง

plant : (of an explosive) to hide in a place where it can be exploded - ฝัง

possess : to have or own something - ครอบครอง, ถือครอง

prime : main or most important - ที่สำคัญที่สุด

prosecute : to officially accuse someone of a crime and to try to prove them guilty in a court of law - ดำเนินคดี ฟ้องร้อง ซักฟอก

region : a large area of land or space, usually without exact limits or borders - ภูมิภาค, ขอบเขต, แถบ, บริเวณ

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

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

sketch : a simple picture that is drawn quickly and does not have many details - ภาพร่าง

sources (noun): people who give information - แหล่งข่าว

substance : a particular type of liquid, solid, or gas - สาร

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

tenant : a person who pays rent for the use of a room, building, land, etc. to the person who owns it - ผู้เช่า

transfer : to move someone or something from one place, vehicle, person or group to another - ย้าย

transit : the act of moving from one place to another - การเดินทางผ่าน

unidentified : not known (who someone is) - ซึ่งไม่สามารถระบุชื่อได้

unlawfully (adv): in a way that is against the law - อย่างผิดกฎหมาย


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