The PJ Tatler

Surprise! Top Suspect in Thailand Bombing Flees to Turkey

And his name, you will not be terribly surprised to learn, is Abudusataer Abudureheman:

A key suspect in August’s deadly Bangkok shrine bombing has fled to Turkey, Thai police say. They believe Abudusataer Abudureheman, also known as Ishan, organised the bombing, which killed 20 people. The 27-year-old from China’s Xinjiang province is thought to be in the Turkish capital, Istanbul. Hours earlier, Malaysian police announced the arrests two Malaysians and one Pakistani. Thai police have already arrested two suspects.

A little more on those arrests here, including video of one of them placing the bomb at the shrine. Meanwhile, always politically correct CNN refers to Abudureheman as a “Chinese man,” once again confusing nationality with ethnicity and religion and therefore deliberately misleading the public.

The man, identified as Abudusataer Abudureheman, was seen in surveillance camera footage with another bombing suspect already in custody. Abudusataer is wanted for jointly possessing arms without permission, said the spokesman, Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavonsiri. Police have not been fully able to establish Abudusataer’s role in the August 17 attack but believe he is part of a network tied to the bombing, Prawut said.

Abudusataer, also known as “Ishan,” left Thailand on August 16, Prawut said. Police found he was living with Yusufu Meerailee, also from China, who was arrested last week trying to flee across the Thai border into Cambodia.

While no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, speculation has been mounting about possible links with China’s Uyghur minority — though there is no proof of this.

The Uyghurs are a predominantly Muslim ethnic group who live in Xinjiang, a province in western China the size of Iran that is rich in natural resources, including oil. Over recent decades, waves of Han Chinese migrants — China’s dominant ethnic group — have arrived in the region, displacing Uyghurs from their traditional land.

Any resemblance between the August 17 attack at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok and the Boston Marathon bombing is entirely coincidental.



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