A Thai police official examines the damage caused by a blast at the house where suspected bomber Saeid Moradi was staying in Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Two Iranian suspects arrested in Bangkok after three explosions hit the city were likely planning to attack individuals but did not have the capacity to target large crowds or buildings, Thai police said Wednesday.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s police chief says the Iranians who were arrested after accidentally exploding their rented home in Bangkok were plotting to attack Israeli diplomats.
National police Chief Prewpan Dhamapong told a Thai television station that “the target of the operation was specific and aimed at Israeli diplomatic staff.”
His comments late Wednesday came shortly after Israeli Ambassador to Thailand Itzhak Shoham said the homemade “sticky” bombs found at the blast site were similar to devices used against Israeli Embassy targets in India and Georgia earlier this week. He called it a “network of terror.”
Two Iranian men were detained Tuesday in Bangkok after the explosion and a third was arrested Wednesday in Malaysia.