Thai nationals could be involved in triple bombing
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 22:39
  
Bangkok: Thai nationals could be involved in last months triple bombing in central Bangkok, an alleged plot to kill Israeli diplomats in Thailand, a top police official said on Tuesday.

Deputy Police Chief Pansiri Prapawat, who is heading the investigation, said this here, but refused to elaborate since the matter was still under probe.

Pansiri was speaking after a meeting of police investigators in charge of the three bomb explosions on February 14, which injured five.

Arrest warrants have been filed against five Iranians, three of them in police custody and two others still at large.

Saeid Moradi remains in hospital after losing both legs in an accident caused by his own explosive device. Mohammad Hazaei was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport while trying to flee the country and Masoud Sedaghatzadeh was arrested two days later by Malaysian authorities.

Still at large are Leila Rohani, who fled to Tehran before the explosions, and Norouzi Shaya Ali Akbar, a suspected bomb expert, the Nation newspaper reported.

The blasts came a day after the bomb explosion in New Delhi and Tbilisi, described by Israel as attempts to target its diplomats.

Thai Police chief Pansiri Damapong has said the five were involved in an alleged plot to kill Israeli diplomats, including the ambassador.

He said the investigation showed the five suspects had clear job assignments to prepare for the plot and had travelled in and out Thailand more than once.

Police found that the stickers imprinted with "SEJEAL" had been posted on Bangkok streets before the day of the blasts. Special Branch police has tried to decipher the meaning of the mysterious Arabic word.

Rohani was in charge of accommodation and procured vehicles to be used in the mission while Akbar is suspected of being responsible for planning the mission.

The others were assigned to carry out the attacks, the Nation quoted him as saying.

Pansiri said the evidence and investigations offer about 80 per cent confirmation that Hazaei was involved in the alleged plot.

Meanwhile, police will wait for Morabi to be ready physically and mentally before talking to him.

Thai police are in contact with the Malaysian authorities about sending Sedaghatzadeh back to Thailand, the daily added.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 22:39


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