Iranian blows off legs in Bangkok blast

2012-02-14 15:05

Bangkok - An Iranian man carrying explosives blew off his own legs and wounded four other people in two blasts on Tuesday in Bangkok, Thai authorities said.

Security forces found more explosives in the assailant's rented house in the capital, but it was not known what targets they might have been meant for, Police General Pansiri Prapawat said.

A day earlier, an Israeli diplomatic car was bombed in New Delhi, and Israel blamed Iran for that attack. Authorities did not immediately say if a link was suspected, but Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor said in Jerusalem, "we can't rule out any possibility".

One of the blasts in Bangkok damaged a taxi, and a grenade detonated as the assailant carried it down a sidewalk outside a Thai school, said Col. Warawut Taweechaikarn, a senior police officer in the district.

Photos of the wounded Iranian man showed him covered in dark soot on a sidewalk outside the school strewn with broken glass. A dark satchel nearby was investigated by a bomb disposal unit.

Pansiri said a passport found at the scene indicated the man was Saeid Moradi from Iran. Authorities in Tehran could not immediately be reached for comment.

Lebanese man detained

Three Thai men and one Thai woman were brought to Kluaynamthai Hospital for treatment of injuries, Suwinai Busarakamwong, a doctor there, said.

A third blast occurred inside a rented house on the same road, busy with businesses and apartment blocks, but it injured no one.

Last month, 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 4 000kg of urea fertiliser and several gallons of liquid ammonium nitrate.

Israel and the United States at the time warned their citizens to be alert in the capital, but Thai authorities said Thailand appeared to have been a staging ground but not the target of any attack.

Pansiri said that "so far, we haven't found any links between these two cases".

No apparent link

He said Moradi had been renting the house in Bangkok with two other unidentified foreigners. Immigration police are trying to trace Moradi's movements, but initial reports indicated he had at least travelled to Bangkok from the southern Thai resort town of Phuket on February 8.

Bangkok's blasts came one day after bombs targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia. The attack in India wounded four people, while the device found in Georgia did not explode. Iran has denied it was responsible.

In Jerusalem, Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor said there was not yet any sign that any targets in Bangkok were Israeli or Jewish.

Thailand has rarely been a target for foreign terrorists, although a domestic Muslim insurgency in the country's south has involved bombings of civilian targets.

  • Penny-wise - 2012-02-14 15:11

    Guess he won't be running away from the police

      Max - 2012-02-14 16:07

      What a CHOP

      Ray - 2012-02-14 17:55

      As the muslim mothers say 'Children blow up so quickly these days'

      Anthony - 2012-02-14 18:44

      Well, at least he has still got his hands, to receive a medal from that number one supporter of terrorism, Ahmadinejad !!!!!!

  • Shistirrer - 2012-02-14 15:50

    He will try to defend his actions, but he doesn't have a leg to stand on.

  • Mornelius - 2012-02-14 15:51

    Doesn't have a leg to stand on....

  • Riccardo - 2012-02-14 16:06

    He'll have to change his name to Nolene...

  • Jaba - 2012-02-14 16:40

    How Iranic! Funny how Iran said yesterday that Israel bombed their own embassy and today an Iranian literally bombed himself... and ended up half the man he used to be. Right now the Indian police are doing lots of legwork to solve this. Dear akkkkhmed the not-so-dead terrorist, that's what I call Instant Karma!

      Dirk - 2012-02-14 20:30

      Some here would say that the Israelis blew his legs off. If the Israelis dit it, his head would be gone. This is now what I call caught in the act. Where is Ali Baba and his 40 thieves then? No comments?

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 10:58

      @Patrick Over half the s0 called 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, were the Saudis accused of involvement in that. There are Jihadist croming from different muslim countries, does that mean that their governments are complicit in those instances. Deductive reasoning is daft!

  • Justin - 2012-02-14 16:48

    I wonder were Fidel is now? Fidel...Is it not Israel and America's fault that he was hurt???

  • BA - 2012-02-14 17:07

    It would be funny if there weren't innocent people wounded. The God of the Hebrews protects us!

  • Eric - 2012-02-14 17:24

    Give that man a Bells!

      Fanie - 2012-02-14 20:55

      ...ja well I am sure he will need it..afterall

  • Craig - 2012-02-14 17:29

    Hmmmm a new weapon used by suicide bombers.... Explosive Nappies!!! It prevents the crap running down the leg before the cowardly dog detonates!

  • BrainbowGold - 2012-02-14 18:57

    What an idiot!!!

  • Nathan - 2012-02-14 19:52

    LOL... suicide bomber gone good.

  • Trevor Lovell - 2012-02-14 22:00

    Fail. Nay, epic fail

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