Thai policeman at the scene of Bangkok bombing 390 (R).
(photo credit: Damir Sagolij/Reuters)
Investigators in Thailand have found a connection between the blasts in Bangkok
and New Delhi, backing up Israel’s accusation that Iran is behind the recent
spate of terrorist bombings.
Security officials in Thailand said the
bombs discovered in the home rented by the Iranian-backed terrorist cell in
Bangkok on Tuesday, and the one which blew up an Israeli diplomatic car in New
Delhi on Monday, were similar.
The growing assessment shared by Israel is
that the cell planned to use the bombs it was assembling to attack Israeli
diplomats in the city, including the ambassador.
Israel is maintaining
its heightened state of alert at missions overseas amid fears that Iran and
Hezbollah are plotting additional attacks that could be launched in the coming
On Wednesday, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul
acknowledged that the Bangkok attack was “similar to the assassination attempt
against [an Israeli] diplomat in India.”
In that attack
on Monday, an
Israeli diplomat was seriously wounded in a blast in New Delhi when a motorbike-driving assailant attached a bomb to her
Another bomb was discovered under an Israeli Embassy car in Tbilisi,
Georgia. It was safely defused.
Thai investigators noted that the bombs
used in New Delhi and Bangkok were installed with a similar magnetic device
designed to attach the bombs to cars.
In the two-story house the three
Iranian men had rented – with an Iranian woman, who is believed to have fled
Thailand – police found smaller explosives as well as magnets for attaching them
Itzhak Shoham, Israel’s ambassador to Thailand, insisted there
was a link between the three attacks.
“If you put together all the
details that we have until now, including the disclosure of the explosives, they
are very similar, if not the same that were used against our diplomats and our
people in India and Georgia,” he told Thai television.
Thai police have
in custody two of the Iranian cell members – Saeid Morabi, who remains in
critical condition after his losing his legs in one of the blasts on Tuesday,
and Muhammad Hazaei, who was caught trying to board a flight to Malaysia. The
third member of the group, identified as Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, managed to flee
to Malaysia but has since been arrested in Kuala Lumpur.
In the Bangkok
attack, one explosive went off in the bombers’ home. Another was thrown at a
taxi that refused to take one of the men who left the house.
blew off the bomber’s legs when he tried to throw it at police – it either went
off before he could throw it or it hit something and ricocheted back at
Iran dismissed the allegations on Wednesday, saying Israel often
made such accusations.
“We are not accepting, we are denying this. And I
don’t know how they can assume within a short time of one hour who has done
this. It has happened in India. If India’s security says something like that
then we have to verify,” Iran’s envoy to India, Seyed Mehdi Nabizadeh, told