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'Bomb-making material' found in second Bangkok flat

Materials found at the house of a man arrested for being a suspect of the recent Bangkok blast are shown in this Thai Royal Police handout released August 30, 2015. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Police said they found ball bearings and other bomb-making equipment at the suspect's house on the outskirts of Bangkok

Thai police say they have found bomb-making materials in a second apartment, after the arrest of a suspect in the explosion at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine.

Police spokesperson Prawut Thavornsiri said they had found "parts to make bombs and electric charges".

Two new arrest warrants have also been issued, for a 26-year-old Thai woman and a foreign man.

The 17 August blast, which the government called the worst such attack in Thailand, killed 20 people.

On Saturday, bomb materials were found in the home of an unnamed foreigner who was detained, police said.

The search of the second apartment in Bangkok's Min Buri district at the weekend was prompted by information from the detained suspect, according to the Bangkok Post.

"We found fertiliser bags, watches, radio controls," Mr Prawut said. "These are bomb-making materials... nobody would keep urea fertiliser and gunpowder unless they wanted to make a bomb."

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Media captionThe arrest is a possible breakthrough for Thai police, says the BBC's Jonathan Head

In the suspect's home on Saturday, police said they had found detonators, ball bearings and a metal pipe they believed was intended to hold a bomb.

But police have said they do not believe he is the man seen in CCTV footage at the shrine just before the explosion.

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Image caption Police released a computer image of a man who was seen leaving a bag at the shrine

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