Israeli Envoy in Thailand: Embassy Was Target of Botched Bombing Attempt

Ambassador Itzhak Shoham says the bombs found after Tuesday's incident were similar to those used in India, Georgia attacks; Iran rejects involvement in blasts.

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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, the Israeli ambassador said Wednesday.

While the targets of the bombs was not clear, "we can assume from the other experiences that we were the target," Ambassador Itzhak Shoham told The Associated Press.

Policemen inspect a taxi damaged in an explosion in Ekamai area in central Bangkok February 14, 2012.Credit: Reuters

Thai police found and defused two magnetic bombs that could be stuck on vehicles after Tuesday' blasts.

"They are similar to the ones used in Delhi and in Tblisi," Shoham said. "From that we can assume that there is the same network of terror."

He said the arrest of two Iranians in the blasts "again leaves not too much room to assume who was behind it."

A Thai Explosive Ordnance Disposal official examines the house that was site of the explosion by a suspect bomber in Bangkok, on Wednesday.Credit: AP

A bombing of an Israeli diplomatic car in New Delhi on Monday wounded four people, including a diplomat's wife. A similar bomb found under a car in Georgia on Monday was defused.

Four Thai civilians were wounded in Bangkok in a series of blasts that began Tuesday when a cache of explosives ignited at a house, apparently by mistake. One explosion blew off the leg of an Iranian who had fled, carrying what looked like grenades.

Meanwhile, Iran on Wednesday denied any involvement in the three bomb blasts which took place a day earlier in Bangkok and which have been linked to three Iranian nationals.

Tehran instead pointed the finger at Israel.

"The Zionist regime is trying to tarnish the historic ties between Iran and Thailand by such acts," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told state television network IRIB.

Iran condemned the attacks, he added.



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