Iran says it's ready to cooperate on Thailand bombs

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast "expresses Iran's readiness" to identify culprits of Bangkok bombings, blames "US and Zionist officials" for accusing Iran.

February 22, 2012 23:18
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Police investigate site of blast in Bangkok

Thailand blast 390. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Iran is ready to cooperate in identifying the bombers in Thailand, state-run IRNA quoted Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying Wednesday, after four Iranian nationals were arrested in Bangkok.

Mehmanparast "expressed Iran’s readiness to cooperate in identifying the culprits behind Thailand explosions [sic] and to introduce them to the international community," according to IRNA.

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Mehmanparast denied any Iranian involvement in the bombings, blaming "US and Zionist officials" for "fabricating" such claims.

Four Iranian nationals have been arrested for the February 14 Bangkok attack. During the attack, one explosive went off in the bombers’ home, while another was thrown at a taxi that refused to take one of the men who left the house. A third blew off the bomber legs when he tried to throw it at police.

Thai Police believe the first bomb was a work accident that occurred while the men were planning a terror attack against Israeli targets. The explosions occurred one day after Israeli embassies were attacked in India and Georgia; Israel blamed Iran for those incidents.

Thailand is seeking a fifth Iranian as a suspect in the bomb plot allegedly targeting Israeli diplomats and issued an arrest warrant for the man, police in Bangkok said Monday.

The suspect, 57-year-old Norouzi Shaya Ali Alkbar, stands accused of possessing and making explosives, AFP quoted Thai Deputy Police Chief Pansiri Prapawat as saying. He was reportedly captured on security cameras leaving a house rented by other bomb suspects prior to an explosion that exposed the plot.

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