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Terror In Thailand

A day following the terror attacks against Israeli missions in India and Georgia, a terrorist in Thailand has suffered the indignity of premature explodation, resulting in him waving goodbye to his legs (well, he does still have his hands).

Did I mention the terrorist is Iranian?*

The suspected terrorist: "Can you help me reach the phone? I need to call the Supreme Leader, and I'm finding it hard to reach the handset" (Photo: Twitter - CC motorcyrubjang)

An Iranian man carrying explosives blew off his own legs and wounded four other people in two blasts Tuesday in Bangkok, Thai authorities said.

Security forces found more explosives in the assailant’s rented house in the capital, but it was not known what targets they might have been meant for, Police Gen. Pansiri Prapawat said.

Later on Tuesday it was reported that police in Thailand detained a second Iranian man suspected of involvement in the trio of blasts

Police commander Winai Thongsong (that’s really his name? – Aussie Dave) said immigration police detained the second Iranian man at Bangkok’s international airport Tuesday night.

Winai said the man was due to board a flight for neighboring Malaysia.

He said authorities are interrogating the man, but it is not yet known whether he was involved in Tuesday’s blasts.

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Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the attack in Bangkok proves once again that Iran and its proxies are continuing to employ terror.

Barak, who is visiting Singapore, said Iran and Hezbollah are “relentless terror elements” and pose a danger to the region and to the world’s stability. 

One of the blasts in Bangkok damaged a taxi, and a grenade detonated as the assailant carried it down a sidewalk outside a Thai school, said Col. Warawut Taweechaikarn, a senior police officer in the district.

Photos of the wounded Iranian man showed him covered in dark soot on a sidewalk outside the school strewn with broken glass. A dark satchel nearby was investigated by a bomb disposal unit.

Pansiri said a passport found at the scene indicated the man was Saeid Moradi from Iran. Authorities in Tehran could not immediately be reached for comment.

Three Thai men and one Thai woman were brought to Kluaynamthai Hospital for treatment of injuries, Suwinai Busarakamwong, a doctor there, said.

A third blast occurred inside a rented house on the same road, busy with businesses and apartment blocks, but it injured no one.

“Last month, a Lebanese-Swedish man with alleged links to pro-Iranian Hezbollah terrorists was detained by Thai police. He led authorities to a warehouse filled with more than 8,800 pounds (4,000 kilograms) of urea fertilizer and several gallons of liquid ammonium nitrate.

Israel and the United States at the time warned their citizens to be alert in the capital, but Thai authorities said Thailand appeared to have been a staging ground but not the target of any attack.

Pansiri said that “so far, we haven’t found any links between these two cases.”

He said Moradi had been renting the house in Bangkok with two other unidentified foreigners. Immigration police are trying to trace Moradi’s movements, but initial reports indicated he had at least traveled to Bangkok from the southern Thai resort town of Phuket on Feb. 8.

I guess without his legs, he’ll well and truly Bangkok. But phuket!

Update: More here:

Update: Footage of the legless terrorist (warning: not for those with an aversion to grisly scenes or excitable tourists) 

* No doubt a Mossad agent

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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