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Thailand Searches For More Suspects in Bangkok Blasts

February 17, 2012

VOA News

Authorities in Thailand are looking for at least two more suspects in connection with this week's explosions in Bangkok that police say were part of an assassination plot targeting Israeli diplomats.

Two Iranian men were arrested immediately after Tuesday's bomb blasts in the Thai capital of Bangkok, which left four civilians injured. A third suspect was arrested Wednesday in Malaysia at the international airport in Kuala Lumpur.

Police say one of the two additional suspects being sought was seen on closed circuit camera footage leaving the same house where the first of Tuesday's blasts occurred.

Thai police chief Prewpan Dhamapon has said the explosives in the Bangkok blasts were similar to those used in recent car bombing attacks targeting Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia. Four people were injured in the New Delhi attack, while the car bomb in Tbilisi was defused.

Israel has accused Iran of being directly involved in the triple blasts. Tehran has rejected the charge, accusing Israel of attempting to harm the "friendly and historic" relations between it and Thailand.

Thailand has been on alert for a possible terrorist attack since a Lebanese man with alleged links to Hezbollah was arrested in Bangkok last month.

The first of Tuesday's blasts went off at a house rented by one of the suspects in the center of the city. Two more explosions followed in the streets outside, blowing the legs off one of the suspects. The second suspect was arrested at Bangkok's international airport.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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