Phuket bomb suspect fled to Malaysia, says report

Ahama LenghaPETALING JAYA: A Thai man working in Malaysia, Ahama Lengha, is reportedly being sought over a bomb attack in Phuket and Hua Hin resorts last week that killed four people and injured dozens more.

The Nation newspaper in Bangkok reported that the man, from Tak Bai district in Narathiwat province, is believed to be on the run in Malaysia.

The newspaper quoted a Tak Bai resident as saying that Ahama worked at a fertiliser factory in Malaysia across the nearby border and usually returned home every weekend.

An arrest warrant had been issued for him when DNA samples from the bombing scene matched his DNA collected in 2008 for his suspected involvement in violence in southern Thailand.

The report quoted an official as saying the man had arranged to turn himself in over the 2008 case but disappeared after the new arrest warrant was issued.

The Nation said the suspect was described by his relative and friends as a good man known for his involvement in public works.