Thailand hunts for new Iranian suspects over botched Bangkok bombing
Thai police say one suspect may have trained 3 others in use of explosives in what is believed to be an attempted attack on Israeli officials in the country.
Thai police said Friday they were searching for two more suspects in a botched terror plot against Israeli diplomats that has been blamed on Iran.
Bangkok police commissioner Lt. Gen. Winai Thongson said one of the two new suspects may have been providing training in the use of explosives to three Iranian men who were detained in Thailand and Malaysia this week.
Winai said Friday that a 52-year-old man was seen early Tuesday on closed circuit camera footage leaving a house used by the Iranians in Bangkok where explosives detonated accidentally later in the day.
Winai says police are looking for an additional suspect who had rented the destroyed house with an Iranian woman who is now believed to be back in Tehran.
On Thursday, Thailand indicated that Malaysia was set to extradite an Iranian national arrested over suspected links to a attempted bomb attack in Bangkok earlier this week.
The report came after, on Wednesday, Israeli Ambassador to Thailand Itzhak Shoham said the bombs discovered in a Bangkok house after a series of blasts in the Thai capital were similar to those used in attacks on Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia, adding that "we can assume from the other experiences that we were the target."
Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, speaking to the Bangkok Post report on Thursday, said that another Iranian national, who succeeded in fleeing Thailand to Malaysia, will be extradited to Thailand for further investigation.
According to the report, Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh was arrested on Wednesday by Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur, after he had fled Thailand in an attempt to catch a flight to Iran.