The Thai police announced today they are searching for more suspects in connection with the Tuesday’s explosions in Bangkok. Three Iranian nationals have been arrested in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur already and the arrest warrant for a fourth Iranian has been issued. The Thai police have accused the four for conspiracy to assassinate Israeli diplomats in the country.
Police say one of the two additional suspects being sought was seen on closed circuit camera footage leaving the same house where the first of Tuesday's blasts occurred. The three men in detention have also been filmed leaving the house after the explosion.
One of the suspects, Saeid Moradi, was seriously injured and lost his legs when a device he was carrying exploded on a busy street while being chased by the police. A second suspect, Mohammad Khazaei, pictured above, was arrested at Bangkok’s airport. A third suspect, Masoud Sedahgatzadeh, was arrested by police in Malaysia while trying to fly out of Kuala Lumpur airport. The fourth suspect, a female named Leila Rohani, who had rented the house that was damaged by the first accidental blast, had already left Thailand.
Thai police chief Prewpan Dhamapon has said the explosives in the Bangkok blasts were similar to those used in recent car bombing attacks targeting Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia. Four people were injured in the New Delhi attack, while the car bomb in Tbilisi was defused.
Sources: VOA/AP/AFP, 17 February.
Photo: Mohammad Khazaei, center, in police custody. Bangkok. 16 February 2012. Reuters