Thai police said today they were searching for two more suspects in the botched terror plot against Israeli diplomats that has been blamed on Iran.
One of the two new suspects may have been providing training in the use of explosives to three Iranian men who were detained after the plot was discovered on Tuesday in Bangkok, said the city’s police commissioner, Lt Gen Winai Thongson.
Lt Gen Winai said the man was seen on CCTV footage as he left a house that had been used by the Iranians. The roof of the building was blown off later the same day after a cache of explosives there detonated accidentally, and the same cameras captured each of the three Iranian men leaving the residence shortly afterwards.
Lt Gen Winai said the man was 52 years old and of Middle Eastern descent, but he did not know his nationality.
He said police were also looking for an additional suspect who had rented the destroyed home with an Iranian woman who was now believed to be back in Tehran.
Israel, which has threatened military strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities, has accused Iran of being behind the botched Thai plot.
The Jewish state claims it was part of a covert campaign of state terror that included a bombing on Monday in New Delhi, India, that tore through an Israeli diplomatic vehicle, wounding the driver and a diplomat’s wife, and an attempt was foiled the same day in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Iran blames Israel for the recent killings of Iranian atomic scientists and has denied responsibility for all three bomb plots.
Thailand’s national police chief said yesterday that the detained Iranians were plotting to attack Israeli diplomats, citing the similarity of so-called “sticky” bombs that can be attached magnetically that were used in New Delhi and Tbilisi.