Malaysian authorities on the hunt for three more suspects in Bangkok blast

Thai police officers escort a suspect identified as Adem Karadag (in yellow) during a crime re-enactment at the bomb blast site at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok on Sept 26, 2015.
Thai police officers escort a suspect identified as Adem Karadag (in yellow) during a crime re-enactment at the bomb blast site at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok on Sept 26, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian authorities are on the hunt for three more individuals over the bomb blast at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said Malaysian authorities were given three names when they met their Thai counterparts.

"We have met the Thai authorities and discussions have been completed. There are three names given to us and we are on the hunt for the individuals," he told reporters on the sidelines of the 10th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) on Thursday (Oct 1).

"However, what we need now is their biometric data and any DNA evidence to ease the process of their identification and arrests," he said, adding that the suspects could be linked directly or indirectly to the bombing.

"They could have direct involvement with the bomber or they could just be a taxi driver who brought anyone involved here," he said.

So far, eight individuals have been detained by Malaysian authorities over the bombing.

On Aug 17, 20 people, including several Malaysians, were killed after the bomb exploded near the shrine.