CSD keeping close watch on Uighur community

CSD keeping close watch on Uighur community

Deputy police chief Chakthip Chaichinda has ordered the Crime Suppression Division to monitor the movements of Uighur nationals residing in Thailand, a CSD source said.

The source said CSD police had been instructed to focus their attention on the Uighur people in Bangkok, whether they hold Chinese or Turkish passports, and gather more information on the people suspected of involvement in the Erawan shrine and Sathon pier bombings, and in human-trafficking and passport forgery rackets.

The CSD was working with the Immigration Police Bureau, which reported there were about 3,000 Uighur nationals in Thailand.

Plainclothes police had been deployed in areas where they stay and were reporting to Pol Gen Chakthip.

The source said police investigators planned to apply soon for more arrest warrants in the bombing case. One suspect was found to have already left for Bangladesh, he said.

Police were also tracing past movements of the Turkish husband of Wanna Suansan, the Thai woman wanted under an arrest warrant for involvement in the bombings. She has told police she has been in Turkey since July.

Ms Wanna's husband was the person who paid the rent for the apartment in Nong Chok where bomb-making materials were found. The man was known to be now in another country, the source said.

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