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Bangkok bombs 'target foreigners'

At least one man still missing after three blasts in city, one severely injured

  • ucanews.com reporter, Bangkok
  • Thailand
  • February 15, 2012
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Thai authorities say “foreign nationals” were the intended targets of the bombs that exploded yesterday near the capital's hotel and tourism districts.

Police chief Priewpan Damapong told local media today only that the targets “were not Thais.” He would not elaborate.

A man carrying an Iranian passport apparently fled after one bomb went off in a house in which he and two others were staying. The detached house was severely damaged.

He threw a bomb – or grenade – at a taxi whose driver refused to take him.

He then aimed another device at police when they approached him on Sukhumvit Soi 71, a busy main road around 5km from the city centre, but it allegedly bounced off a passing vehicle back towards him and exploded, blowing off one of his legs and severely injuring the other. Three other people were slightly hurt in the blast.

Police said they found around four kilos of C4 explosive in the house, which had been rented for a month by the three men, and that the three devices that exploded were of the same material.

Last month, following information from US and Israeli intelligence sources, a cache of some four tonnes of chemicals used for making bombs was found at a house just outside the Thai capital.

A man thought to be one of the two who escaped was reported to have been detained at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport while attempting to board a flight to Malaysia.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the incident but Israel, already angered by an attack on a diplomatic car in New Delhi and a foiled similar attack in Tblisi in recent days, blamed Iran.

Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak, in Singapore yesterday, told media: “The attempted attack in Bangkok proves once again that Iran and its proxies are continuing to act in the ways of terror." Barak had been in Bangkok last weekend.

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