Thai police seek fifth suspect in Iranian bombers case

By REUTERS
February 17, 2012 13:08

BANGKOK - Thai police said on Friday they were looking for a fifth person in connection with a series of blasts in Bangkok blamed on Iranians who may have been targeting Israeli diplomats, as in India and Georgia earlier in the week.

"There are more than four people involved in the blasts and we're currently gathering evidence to get an arrest warrant approved," Deputy Police Chief Pansiri Prapawat told a news conference, declining to name the suspect.

"It is still unclear whether the suspect is Iranian or not, but he is a Middle Eastern male," he added.

Thai media said the man had been caught on security cameras going in and out of the house rented by the other suspects, last leaving on Tuesday, Feb. 14, a few hours before an apparently accidental explosion there.

One Iranian man, Saeid Moradi, who lost his legs when a bomb he was carrying exploded shortly after, remains seriously ill in hospital. A second, Mohammad Hazaei, is in custody after being arrested at Bangkok's main airport and a third, Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh, is being held in Malaysia after fleeing Thailand.


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