Just a day after bombs were set off in India and Georgia, three blasts went off in Bangkok. The Israeli government has accused Iran of being responsible for both the attacks in India and Georgia, which were targeted at Israeli ambassadors, as well as the most recent attacks in Thailand. Four citizens were injured by the blasts in Bangkok.
According to the Bangkok police, the first blast ripped off the roof of a house which three men were renting. One of them has been identified as an Iranian citizen by the name of Saeid Moradi, who had one of his legs blown off after attempting to throw a bomb at police. Another Iranian man who fled the scene was also caught by the police at the airport trying to leave for Malaysia. When police searched the house later, they found more explosives which were deemed to have been constructed to target individuals, not groups. The third man’s whereabouts is currently unknown, although authorities are trying to track him down.
Thai investigators have said that the explosives used in India and Thailand both had the same “magnetic sheets”, which could suggest that the attacks were linked.
These attacks came after the US Embassy in Bangkok warned citizens that foreign terrorists were planning to attack the city on January 13. Three days before the warning, a Lebanese man with alleged links to the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah was arrested in Thailand with four tons of fertilizer and other bomb making materials. The warning, however, was dismissed by Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who said that these materials were intended to be shipped to other countries.
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, who was in Singapore for an official visit when the attacks happened, said that “the attempted terrorist attack in Bangkok proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to perpetrate terror”. This was met with a retort from Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, who remarked that the Iranian government “categorically [rejects] the accusations made by the Zionist regime”.
Meanwhile, the US has expressed its condemnation of the Thailand attacks. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland also said that the US was “concerned about [the violence]”.
Report: Thailand blasts: ‘Iranian’ bomber injured in Bangkok [BBC, 14 February 2012]
Report: In Thailand, Iranian Suspected in Bomb Blasts [TIME, 14 February 2012]
Report: Thai police: Iranians were targeting individuals [Associated Press, 15 February 2012]
Report: US condemns blasts in Thailand, concerned about violence worldwide [The Straits Times, 15 February 2012]