Adem Karadag, one of the two foreign detainees (Source: bangkokpost.com)
Thai police on September 4 said it is likely that neither of the two foreign men detained after the deadly attack at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok last month were the main culprits in the bombing.

National police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said there is no evidence to prove a link between the two suspects and the site of the blast.

DNA examination of the two foreigners, identified as Adem Karadag and Yusufu Mieraili
but whose nationalities remain unconfirmed, showed their connection with a stash of explosives found in a Bangkok apartment, but did not match evidence collected at the Erawan Shrine where 20 people were killed on Aug. 17, he said.

The spokesman said the police believed Yusufu, who was seized on September 1, was definitely involved with the bombing. However, they have no evidence to show that he is the yellow-shirted man seen on the camera placing a rucksack under a bench at the shrine moments before the blast.

Bangkok Post newspaper said DNA samples from Yusufu did not match those found in the taxi used by the bomber, on a banknote or on pieces of the backpack containing the bomb.

The man’s fingerprints matched those collected from a container of explosive material found at an apartment in Nong Chok district and from a nail clipper at a rented apartment in Bangkok’s Min Buri district.

Both men have now been charged with possessing "illegal bomb weapons". Authorities did not confirm the two arrested men's nationalities as they believe both used fake identity documents.-VNA