Thai Police Name Suspect in Bombings

Thai Police Name Suspect in Bombings

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai police say they have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect in last week's bombing and arson attacks that killed four people and wounded several dozen.

Police spokesman Col. Krisana Pattanacharoen announced Friday that a warrant had been issued for a man named Ahama Lengha because there was clear evidence linking him to the Aug. 11 and 12 attacks in seven provinces. Ahama is suspected of planting a bomb in Phuket's Patong beach district, a popular tourist destination.

Ahama comes from Narathiwat, one of Thailand's three southernmost provinces that have been buffeted since 2005 by a Muslim separatist insurgency that has taken more than 6,000 lives.

The government has not specified whom it believes responsible for the attacks, but analysts suspect they were carried out by southern separatists.