Pattaya Daily News

15 February 2012 :: 12:02:43 pm 62064

Police set up ‘war room’ to probe Bangkok bomb blasts

BANGKOK, Feb 15 – Thailand’s National Police Bureau has set up a 'war room' at the Khlong Ton police station to probe three Bangkok bomb incidents and a team of investigators will return to inspect the scene again, collect additional evidence, and more deeply probe the case.
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Meanwhile, the police have released a surveillance photograph of the third suspect who is still at large.

Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Pansiri Prapawat has convened a meeting of investigators today at Khlong Ton police station, now being used as a ‘war room’ on the case, to review the evidence and consider information on the suspects.

Three suspects, all men, were reported to have fled a rented house in Sukhumvit 71’s Soi Pridi Panomyong 31 where the first bomb exploded, blowing the roof off the building.

One, an Iranian national identified as Saeid Moradi, was seriously injured by his own hand grenade when confronted by police officers and tried to hurl the grenade at them. The explosion tore off one leg while the other leg, seriously mangled, was amputated while he underwent emergency surgery in hospital.

The suspect was in surgery for ten hours to save his life. The patient is now in stable condition and will later be moved to intensive care.

The second bombing suspect, an Iranian identified as Mohammad Hazaei, was taken into custody at Suvarnabhumi Airport while attempting to board a plane to Malaysia, and has been transferred by police for further questioning at Khlong Tan station.

Police showed closed circuit TV surveillance images of a third suspect captured on CCTV. Still at large, he is being actively sought by the authorities.

The investigators are at the scene of the incidents this morning seeking more evidence after responding police found and defused two C-4 explosives during the search on Tuesday. The explosive devices were made of several kilos (three or four pounds) of C-4 plastic explosive built inside combination flashlight (torch)-emergency radios.

National Police Chief Pol Gen Prewpan Dhamapong said the bombs installed with magnets and could be stuck on vehicles, underneath the chassis. He said he believed the bombs were intended to target particular persons, not places.

Meanwhile, the United States late Tuesday (Bangkok time) condemned the blasts in Thailand.

French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) quoted State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland as saying that “We obviously condemn this attack. We seem to have an uptick in this kind of violence. We’re concerned about it. Some of these have been linked to Iran.”

Ms Nuland said Washington was awaiting the results of investigations into the attacks in Thailand as well as attacks Monday in India and Georgia, but noted previous attacks linked to Iran and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement.

Report by : MCOT

Category : Thailand News

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