Iranian bomber blows off his legs in Bangkok as grenade he hurled at police bounces off tree and explodes at his feet
Stash of explosives blow roof off house occupied by three Iranians
Two men fled, but Saedi Moradi staggered out and tried to hail a taxi
Driver refused lift as Moradi covered in blood, so he hurled a grenade
Threw another explosive at police but it bounced off tree and hit his legs
‘We know who carried this out and we will settle scores with them’, says Israel
A bungling Iranian bomber blew off his own legs when he hurled a grenade at Thai police outside a Bangkok school – which bounced off a tree and then exploded at his feet.
A bizarre sequence of explosions in the capital of Bangkok started this morning when a stash of explosives blew off the roof of a house occupied by three Iranians.
Two of the men quickly ran away while Saeid Moradi, who was seriously wounded, staggered out and tried to wave down a taxi.
Covered in blood, the driver refused to take him, and so he hurled a grenade at the vehicle. When police arrived on the scene he then tried to throw another at officers – but it bounced off a tree, landed at his feet, and blew off his legs.
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Moradi, who was taken to hospital, injured four people in the blasts which come the day after Israeli diplomats were targeted in simultaneous car bombings, also believed to have been carried out by Iranians.
Photographs and video footage of the wounded Moradi showed him covered in dark soot on a pavement strewn with broken glass. He lay in front of a Thai primary and secondary school, head raised as if he was attempting to sit up or look around.
It is not yet known if yesterday’s and today’s attacks are linked – but Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said the Bangkok violence ‘proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to perpetrate terror’.
Another government minister implied Israel would seek revenge, without mentioning Iran explicitly.
And public security minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch told Israel Radio: ‘We know who carried out the terror attacks, we know who sent them, and Israel will settle the score with them.’
More explosives were found at Moradi’s house, in the Ekamai area of central Bangkok, which police say he had been renting with two others.
He is believed to have arrived in Bangkok, from the southern Thai resort of Phuket, on February 8.
Fireball: The Bangkok blasts came the day after Israeli diplomats were targeted in simultaneous bomb plots which were also blamed on Iran. A bomb attached magnetically to a car in the Indian capital New Delhi exploded and injured the wife of an Israeli official and two bystanders
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