Language Sites
  • UCAN China
  • UCAN India
  • UCAN Indonesia
  • UCAN Vietnam

Bombs explode on Bangkok street

Iranian man apparently throws device at police but hits himself reporter, Bangkok

February 14, 2012

Mail This Article
(For more than one recipient, type addresses separated by commas)

An Iranian citizen was severely injured today when a bomb he apparently threw at police on a busy street exploded close to him. There were initial reports that either three or five bystanders were also hurt in two blasts on Bangkok's Sukhumvit 71. Thai TV news reports said the Iranian, carrying a black bag, first threw a bomb at a taxi after its driver refused to take him as a passenger. When police got to the scene, some reports said, he then threw a second bomb that hit a tree and bounced back at him, blowing off both his legs. Other eyewitness accounts said he dropped the device. There are also unconfirmed reports that the house where the man was living may be storing further explosives. 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. One of two Middle Eastern suspects was arrested but the other remains at large.
Want more stories like this?
Sign up to receive UCAN Daily or Weekly newsletters (You can select one or more)
Want more stories like this?
Sign up to UCAN Daily or Weekly newsletters
You can select one or more
First Cut
Morning Daily
(Morning Daily)
Full Bulletin
Afternoon Daily
(Afternoon Daily)