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Thai police have arrested a second foreign suspect in connection with the deadly bombing at Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine on August 17, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha has revealed.

The male suspect was arrested in Sa Kaeo province, east of Bangkok on the border with Cambodia, Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.

“He is a main suspect and a foreigner,” the prime minister was quoted as saying.

A foreign man was arrested in Bangkok on August 29 over the blast at Erawan Shrine, which killed 20 people.Bangkok bomb attack suspects

Bomb-making materials and 10 passports were found at the apartment in Nong Jok on the outskirts of Bangkok, police said.

Thai military authorities have been interrogating him, but they have not yet released his name or nationality.

It is unclear whether either of the two arrested men are the prime suspect, who seen on a security camera leaving a backpack at the crowded shrine shortly before the bombing on August 17.

On August 31, Thai police issued arrest warrants for two suspects – a 26-year-old Thai Muslim woman, Wanna Suansan, and an unnamed foreign man.

However, a woman who claims to be Wanna Suansan told a reporter she was living in Turkey and had last been in Thailand three months ago.

Speaking to AFP news agency by telephone, Wanna Suansan said she was living in the central Turkish city of Kayseri with her husband and that she was “shocked” to have been named as a suspect.

Thai police have arrested a man in connection with the Bangkok bomb attack that killed 20 people at Erawan Shrine nearly two weeks ago.

Officers raided an apartment used by the man in northern Bangkok on August 29 and found possible bomb-making materials, a police spokesman said.

The suspect “looks like the one we are looking for”, said the spokesman, Prawut Thavornsiri.

The bomb tore through Bangkok’s crowded Erawan Shrine on August 17.Bangkok bomb attack suspect arrested

Prawut Thawornsiri said that the arrested man is a foreigner but refused to say whether he is Turkish, as reported by some Bangkok media.

Police said at the time they suspected the attack had been planned a month or more in advance and involved at least 10 people, but said a connection to international terrorism was unlikely.

An arrest warrant was issued for one unidentified man seen on CCTV footage leaving a backpack at the shrine shortly before the blast, and a photofit image was released.

A reward of one million baht ($28,000) was offered for information but it is not known whether this played a part in today’s arrest.