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December 7, 2021

Bangkok blast suspects ‘targeting Israeli diplomats’

BANGKOK – A group of Iranians detained after explosions in Thailand’s capital Bangkok were intending to target two Israeli diplomats, Thai police say, quoted by BBC.

There were no further details of the individual targets, but planning was said to be at an advanced stage.

Officials have linked Tuesday’s Bangkok blasts to attacks on Israeli diplomats in Georgia and India on Monday. Israel has accused Tehran of being behind all three attacks. Tehran has denied any involvement.

Two men are in custody in Bangkok over Tuesday’s explosions, a third man was arrested in Malaysia trying to board a flight to Iran, and a fourth suspect is still at large, believed by immigration officials to be back in Iran.

“Their targets were individuals, Israeli diplomats, not the Thai people,” said national police chief Priewpan Damapong. There had been widespread speculation of a plot aiming at Israelis, but Mr Priewpan is the first Thai official elaborate on the target.

He said the suspects are likely to be charged with possession of explosive devices and attempted murder.

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