Thai police lead key suspects to Bangkok bomb site for re-enactment

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Police in Thailand led two suspects to the scene of last month's Bangkok bomb blast for a re-enactment of their alleged crimes on Saturday, a day after police said one of the men was responsible for planting the bomb that killed 20 people.

Fourteen foreigners were among those killed in the attack, the worst incident of its kind in Thai history. It dealt a fresh blow to Thailand's important tourism industry, which had just begun to recover after political protests last year.

Police escorted the two men to the shrine and a nearby shopping mall in the Thai capital.

The men, handcuffed and wearing body armor, walked through the re-enactment, a standard Thai police procedure, while bystanders were kept at a distance.

National police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said on Friday one of the two men was the same yellow-shirted man seen in security footage placing a backpack at the shrine moments before the blast.

Prawut told reporters at the shrine on Saturday that the first arrested suspect, who has been referred to both as Bilal Mohammed and Adem Karadag, the name on a Turkish passport he holds, was responsible for the bombing.

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Foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing identified by the ruling junta as Adem Karadag (2nd R) sits at the back of a moto-taxi as he takes part in a reenactment outside the shrine in Bangkok on September 26, 2015. Thai police on September 26 said Karadag, who was detained over last month's deadly Bangkok attack, was the main yellow-shirted suspect seen on CCTV leaving a rucksack at the shrine moments before the blast. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
A foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (3rd L-in yellow), is seen during a reenactment with police officers outside the Central World department store, near the Erawan shrine (not pictured) in Bangkok on September 9, 2015. A key suspect in last month's deadly Bangkok blast handed the backpack bomb over to a man in a yellow T-shirt later seen placing it at a busy shrine, Thai police said. Mystery surrounds the motive of the alleged network behind the August 17 bombing that left 20 people dead in the heart of Bangkok and rocked Thailand's key tourist industry. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing identified by the ruling junta as Adem Karadag (C) is escorted by Thai commando units as he takes part in a reenactment outside the shrine in Bangkok on September 26, 2015. Thai police on September 26 said Karadag, who was detained over last month's deadly Bangkok attack, was the main yellow-shirted suspect seen on CCTV leaving a rucksack at the shrine moments before the blast. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
A foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (2nd R-in yellow), is seen during a reenactment with police officers outside the Central World department store, near the Erawan shrine (not pictured) in Bangkok on September 9, 2015. A key suspect in last month's deadly Bangkok blast handed the backpack bomb over to a man in a yellow T-shirt later seen placing it at a busy shrine, Thai police said. Mystery surrounds the motive of the alleged network behind the August 17 bombing that left 20 people dead in the heart of Bangkok and rocked Thailand's key tourist industry. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing identified by the ruling junta as Adem Karadag (C) is escorted by Thai commando units as he takes part in a reenactment outside the shrine in Bangkok on September 26, 2015. Thai police on September 26 said Karadag, who was detained over last month's deadly Bangkok attack, was the main yellow-shirted suspect seen on CCTV leaving a rucksack at the shrine moments before the blast. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
Sniffer dogs get out of a car (C) as a foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing identified by the ruling junta as Adem Karadag arrives in a vehicle (bolttom) at the shrine to take part in a reenactment in Bangkok on September 26, 2015. Thai police on September 26 said Karadag, who was detained over last month's deadly Bangkok attack, was the main yellow-shirted suspect seen on CCTV leaving a rucksack at the shrine moments before the blast. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers escort a vehicle transporting a foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing identified by the ruling junta as Adem Karadag as he arrives at the shrine to take part in a reenactment in Bangkok on September 26, 2015. Thai police on September 26 said Karadag, who was detained over last month's deadly Bangkok attack, was the main yellow-shirted suspect seen on CCTV leaving a rucksack at the shrine moments before the blast. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
A foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (C, in yellow), is seen during a reenactment with police officers outside a compound where another suspect was detained on August 29 in a Bangkok suburb on September 8, 2015. Mieraili, one of the two men arrested over last month's deadly Bangkok bomb has admitted to a charge of possessing explosives, Thai police said on September 7, in the first confession over the deadly attack. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (centre R) is seen during a reenactment with police officers in a flat at a compound where another suspect was detained on August 29 in a Bangkok suburb on September 8, 2015. Mieraili, one of the two men arrested over last month's deadly Bangkok bomb has admitted to a charge of possessing explosives, Thai police said on September 7, in the first confession over the deadly attack. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (L), is seen during a reenactment with police officers in a street outside a compound where another suspect was detained on August 29 in a Bangkok suburb on September 8, 2015. Mieraili, one of the two men arrested over last month's deadly Bangkok bomb has admitted to a charge of possessing explosives, Thai police said on September 7, in the first confession over the deadly attack. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (C), is escorted by soldiers as he arrives to be questioned by police officers at Bangkok's Metropolitan Police Station on September 7, 2015. Mieraili, one of the two men arrested over last month's deadly Bangkok bomb has admitted to a charge of possessing explosives, Thai police said on September 7, in the first confession over the deadly attack. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
A foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (C, in yellow), is seen during a reenactment with police officers pointing towards the Erawan shrine (not pictured) at the spot where he sat down and handed the backpack bomb over to a man in a yellow T-shirt (not pictured) outside the Central World department store at the Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok on September 9, 2015. A key suspect in last month's deadly Bangkok blast handed the backpack bomb over to a man in a yellow T-shirt later seen placing it at a busy shrine, Thai police said. Mystery surrounds the motive of the alleged network behind the August 17 bombing that left 20 people dead in the heart of Bangkok and rocked Thailand's key tourist industry. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (L, in yellow), is seen during a reenactment with police officers outside the Central World department store at the Ratchaprasong intersection nearby the Erawan shrine (not pictured) in Bangkok on September 9, 2015. A key suspect in last month's deadly Bangkok blast handed the backpack bomb over to a man in a yellow T-shirt later seen placing it at a busy shrine, Thai police said. Mystery surrounds the motive of the alleged network behind the August 17 bombing that left 20 people dead in the heart of Bangkok and rocked Thailand's key tourist industry. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (not seen), sits inside a police van as he arrives for a reenactment with police officers in Bangkok on September 9, 2015. A key suspect in last month's deadly Bangkok blast handed the backpack bomb over to a man in a yellow T-shirt later seen placing it at a busy shrine, Thai police said. Mystery surrounds the motive of the alleged network behind the August 17 bombing that left 20 people dead in the heart of Bangkok and rocked Thailand's key tourist industry. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing identified by the ruling junta as Adem Karadag (C) sits at the back of a moto-taxi as he takes part in a reenactment outside the shrine in Bangkok on September 26, 2015. Thai police on September 26 said Karadag, who was detained over last month's deadly Bangkok attack, was the main yellow-shirted suspect seen on CCTV leaving a rucksack at the shrine moments before the blast. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
A foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (C, in yellow), is seen during a reenactment with police officers nearby the Erawan shrine (not pictured) in Bangkok on September 9, 2015. A key suspect in last month's deadly Bangkok blast handed the backpack bomb over to a man in a yellow T-shirt later seen placing it at a busy shrine, Thai police said. Mystery surrounds the motive of the alleged network behind the August 17 bombing that left 20 people dead in the heart of Bangkok and rocked Thailand's key tourist industry. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (C, in yellow), is seen during a reenactment with police officers nearby the Erawan shrine (not pictured) in Bangkok on September 9, 2015. A key suspect in last month's deadly Bangkok blast handed the backpack bomb over to a man in a yellow T-shirt later seen placing it at a busy shrine, Thai police said. Mystery surrounds the motive of the alleged network behind the August 17 bombing that left 20 people dead in the heart of Bangkok and rocked Thailand's key tourist industry. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
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"We have now identified him as the one who killed 20 people and injured many others," said Prawut.

Karadag, whose nationality remains unconfirmed, wore a yellow shirt on top of his prison uniform and sat on a bench at the shrine during the re-enactment - the same place the man seen in security footage left the backpack containing the bomb.

The second man arrested, Yusufu Mieraili, used a mobile phone to trigger the bomb, Prawut said without giving further details.

Mieraili, dressed in a dark blue shirt, went through his re-enactment near a shopping mall a stone's throw from the shrine, from where police say he detonated the bomb.

Authorities had earlier said it was unlikely that either of the two men detained over the Aug. 17 blast were the bomber in what has been an often contradictory police investigation.

Police had also said they believed Mieraili conspired in the attack but did not detonate the bomb.

Karadag's lawyer, who says his client's real name is Bilal Mohammed, said Karadag maintains he is innocent and had last visited him on Sept. 15.

"The appearance of the yellow shirt man [in CCTV footage] and Adem do not match. I do not believe Adem would confess," lawyer Chuchart Kanphai said.

The motive for the attack remains unclear.

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