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February 14, 2012

Israel and Iran Shadow War - More attempted bombings

Washington Post - A series of blasts in Bangkok wounded four Thai civilians and blew off the leg of an Iranian who had fled a house carrying what looked like grenades after a cache of explosives ignited there, apparently by mistake.

When police searched the Iranians’ home, the bomb squad found and defused two explosives, each made of three or four pounds of C-4 explosives inside a pair of radios, and National Police Chief Gen. Prewpan Damapong said the bombs were “magnetic” and could be stuck on vehicles.

The wounded Iranian was in police custody at a Bangkok hospital and immigration police detained a second Iranian as he tried to board a flight for Malaysia. Security forces hunted for a third Iranian suspect.




On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had thwarted attacks in recent months in Azerbaijan, Thailand and unspecified other countries.

The first blast in Bangkok ripped off part of the roof of an explosives-filled house where the three Iranians were staying, police said.

Surveillance video from just after that blast showed separate images of each of the three suspects walking down the middle of a residential street.

One man — identified by police as Saeid Moradi — could be seen wearing a baseball cap and a dark jacket. He carried a large backpack over one shoulder and what appeared to be two portable transistor radios — one in each hand.

“He tried to wave down a taxi ... and the driver refused to take him,” Police Gen. Pansiri Prapawat said. Moradi responded by hurling an explosive device — possibly a grenade — that partially destroyed the taxi and wounded its driver.

Police then tried to apprehend Moradi on a nearby street. He hurled a grenade at them, “but somehow it bounced back” and blew off his leg, Pansiri said.

Last month in Thailand, a Lebanese-Swedish man with alleged links to pro-Iranian Hezbollah militants was detained by Thai police. He led authorities to a warehouse filled with more than 8,800 pounds (4,000 kilograms) of urea fertilizer and several gallons of liquid ammonium nitrate.

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