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Thai police name 1 man as suspect in tourist spot bombings

  • A suspected member of the Revolutionary Front for Democracy Party, right, shakes hands with a relative as he arrives at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.  Over a dozen suspects are planned to be charged with running an illegal secret organization which violates the military junta's ban on political gatherings. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    A suspected member of the Revolutionary Front for Democracy Party, right, shakes hands with a relative as he arrives at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Over a dozen suspects are planned to be charged with running an illegal secret organization which violates the military junta's ban on political gatherings. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • Suspected members of the Revolutionary Front for Democracy Party arrive at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Over a dozen suspects are planned to be charged with running an illegal secret organization which violates the military junta's ban on political gatherings. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Suspected members of the Revolutionary Front for Democracy Party arrive at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Over a dozen suspects are planned to be charged with running an illegal secret organization which violates the military junta's ban on political gatherings. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • A group of suspected members of the Revolutionary Front for Democracy Party, arrive at the Crime Suppression Division Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Over a dozen suspects are planned to be charged with running an illegal secret organization which violates the military junta's ban on political gatherings. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    A group of suspected members of the Revolutionary Front for Democracy Party, arrive at the Crime Suppression Division Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Over a dozen suspects are planned to be charged with running an illegal secret organization which violates the military junta's ban on political gatherings. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

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.