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Second arrest made in Bangkok shrine bombing

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A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the bombing at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine on August 17 that killed more than 20 people and injured many others, police said Tuesday. A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the bombing at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine on August 17 that killed more than 20 people and injured many others, police said Tuesday.

By Saeed Ahmed and Pete Burn

(CNN) - A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the bombing at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine on August 17 that killed more than 20 people and injured many others, police said Tuesday.

The unidentified man was arrested on the Thai side of the Thai-Cambodian border and is a "foreigner," according to national police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri.

When asked if the suspect is the man seen in a yellow T-shirt and dark-framed glasses who was identified from surveillance video as the chief suspect in the bombing, Thavornsiri said the suspect's identity still had to be verified.

The man is connected to the bombing and is "very important," he added.

The blast ripped through crowds gathered near the shrine, killing 22 people and reportedly injuring about 120.

In one closed-circuit television image released by police, a man carries a dark-colored backpack near the shrine. Police said he hid a backpack, with a pipe bomb, underneath a bench.

The shrine, at a bustling intersection near a large shopping mall, is a big draw for tourists. At least seven people from other Asian countries were reported to be among the dead, as well as one Briton. The site is popular among Buddhists as well as Hindu and Sikh members of Thailand's Indian community.

Police had arrested one man and issued warrants for two other people.

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