Caught in his own blast: an Iranian targeting Israel
Police suspect terror strike in Bangkok is latest flashpoint in series of international attacks
Police in Bangkok were last night scrambling to unravel an apparent Middle East terror plot after an Iranian man blew off his legs and injured several bystanders as a series of explosions rocked the city.
A day after an Israeli diplomat was injured in a bomb attack in Delhi and another attempt was foiled in Georgia – incidents Israel blamed on Iran – police in the Thai capital were called to a property where an explosion badly damaged the roof. Reports said three men, all said to be Iranian, fled the scene.
Last night, there was no immediate response from Iran – which has denied any involvement in Monday's attacks – to the incident in Thailand, but Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak was quick to point the finger. "The attempted terrorist attack in Bangkok proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to perpetrate terror," Mr Barak said on a visit to Singapore, without offering any evidence. "Iran and Hezbollah are endangering the stability of the region, and the world."
Israel's Internal Security Minister, meanwhile, did not name Iran but hinted at revenge. "We know who carried out the terror attacks, we know who sent them, and Israel will settle the score with them," Yitzhak Aharonovitch said on Israel Radio.
Yesterday, one of the men attempting to flee the scene in Bangkok tried to stop a passing taxi, according to reports. But when it refused to stop for him, he reportedly threw a small explosive device at the car and another at advancing police. While the car was damaged, the second device apparently bounced off a tree and hit the man. His legs were said to have been torn off by the subsequent blast.
"The police have control of the situation. It is thought that the suspect might be storing more explosives inside his house," a Thai government spokeswoman Thitima Chaisaeng told reporters, according to Reuters.
Police later said they had apprehended another suspect at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport. He had been trying to board an Air Asia flight to Malaysia. The authorities are still searching for another man.
The man who lost his legs was identified as Saeid Moradi, who entered Thailand through the resort of Phuket on 8 February, having travelled from Seoul, South Korea. "We discovered the injured man's passport. It's an Iranian passport," Bansiri Prapapat, a police official, said. Photos of the critically injured man showed him on a pavement close to a school. A satchel nearby was investigated by a bomb disposal unit.
Despite Israel's claims about the three bombings in Bangkok, police in Thailand did not make any immediate link between yesterday's incident and the arrest last month of a Lebanese man in Bangkok, said to have links to Hezbollah. At least four people were hurt in yesterday's blasts. Police said they uncovered more explosives and a cache of timing devices at the house the men had been renting.
In Delhi, where the wife of an Israeli diplomat was injured in a bomb attack on Monday, police claimed the strike was carried out by a well-trained individual. Israeli authorities are to help Indian officials investigate the attack. P Chidambaram, the Home Minister, said: "There is reason to believe that the target was the diplomat's wife."
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Wreckage could be found within a week as search reaches 'very critical juncture', says minister
South Korea ferry disaster: Released transcripts show chaos and confusion in the moments before ferry sinks
Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
South Korea ferry disaster: Families watch as remains of Sewol victims returned to shore
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
An open letter to Nigel Farage: you may smile, but I am not seduced
Abdullah Deghayes: My son was the martyr of a just cause, says father of British teenager killed in Syria conflict
- 1 Jose Mourinho: Graceless reaction of Chelsea manager a sad effort to hide his own flaws
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
£130 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Ilford: Secondary Geography Teacher Lo...
£55 - £70 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: Are you a dynamic and energeti...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Group: SEN TAs, LSAs and Support Workers needed...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: The Sheffield office of this...