One of the alleged accomplices to the key suspect wanted over the Erawan Shrine bombing in the Thai capital Bangkok last month is Chinese, officials from both countries say. They say that Yusufu Mieraili was born in Xinjiang, home to China’s Muslim Uighur minority. A Chinese official told the Global Times that the bombing may have been the work of separatists in Xinjiang.
No-one has laid claim to the attack, which killed 20 people. Thai police say Mr Mieraili is part of a group responsible for the blast. The Global Times reported a Chinese official as saying that he belonged to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a small Islamist separatist group said to be active in Xinjiang province in western China. The main suspect – a man wearing a yellow t-shirt who left a rucksack at the shrine moments before the 17 August blast – is still believed to be on the run.