Two Iranians Arrested in Thailand Following Explosions, “Israeli Targets” Intended For Hit
On Tuesday, Thailand was the scene of another explosion carried out by people looking to cause carnage amongst civilians.
In the country’s capital, Bangkok, an Iranian man blew off his own leg while carrying a bag full of grenades. The incident followed an explosion at the home of the same man, who was carrying an Iranian passport, according to Thai Police.
A third blast followed on a nearby road, with a total of 5 injuries throughout the morning.
“We discovered the injured man’s passport. It’s an Iranian passport and he entered the country through Phuket and arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport on the 8th of this month,” a Thai Police spokesman told Reuters.
The Jerusalem Post says that Thai Defense officials have confirmed that the Iranians arrested on Tuesday were trying to hit “Israeli targets”. The paper used Israel Army Radio as their source.
Another man was apprehended at Suvarnabhumi airport, and Thai authorities say they are looking for two other suspects they believe to be involved in Tuesday’s terror attacks.
All of this follows a hectic Monday in Asia when two bombs were planted – one of which was detonated – designed to injure and kill people associated with Israeli diplomatic missions in India and Georgia. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out strong against Iran on Monday, accusing them of being behind the attacks, and Tuesday has been no different.
“The attempted terror attack in Thailand proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to operate in the ways of terror and the latest attacks are an example of that,” said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak while on a state visit to Singapore.
“Iran and Hezbollah are unrestrained terrorist elements, a danger to the stability of the region and a danger to world stability,” he continued.
This is not the first time in recent memory that terrorism with links to Iran has infiltrated Thailand. In January of this year, a Lebanese man reported to have ties with Hezbollah – the Iranian backed terrorist group operating out of Lebanon- was arrested and led Thai authorities to over 8,000 pounds of explosives he had hidden in a warehouse.
In a similar incident on Tuesday, Thai Police said they were in the process of dealing with a safe house full of explosives they found following the three bomb blasts.
Yuli Edelstein, Israel’s Minister of Public Diplomacy stressed that this week’s attacks would take on a different nature if Iran were to successfully develop a nuclear weapon.
“If the umbrella is based on a strategic weapon — a nuclear weapon — then it will be very difficult to penetrate that umbrella,” he said on Israel Radio. “As terrorist groups, it will be very comfortable for them to be under that umbrella.”