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article imageClumsy Iranian bomber blows up his home and legs in Bangkok

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 14, 2012 in World
Bangkok - An Iranian bomber bungled his way pathetically through a bombing mission. After accidentally blowing up his own house, he blew off his own legs after a grenade he hurled at Thai police bounced off a tree and then exploded at his feet.
MSNBC reports that Police General Pansiri Prapawat said a passport found at the scene of the blast indicated the man's name was Saeid Moradi, a citizen of Iran.
It simply wasn't Moradi's day. According to Thai police account, he had earlier accidentally blown up his own home. A part of the roof of the house was blown off in the explosion. Eyewitness account said two men hurried out of the house after the explosion, followed by Moradi, who was wounded. According to MSNBC, Pansiri said: "He tried to wave down a taxi, but he was covered in blood, and the driver refused to take him. He then threw an explosive at the taxi and began running."
Police were called, and while they tried to arrest Moradi, he hurled a grenade at them, "But somehow it bounced back and blew off his legs," Pansiri said.
Daily Mail reports that when police later searched Moradi's house in the Ekamai area of central Bangkok, a cache of explosives was found. According to police, Moradi had rented the house with two other "foreigners."
The wounded Iranian, with his legs blown off, lay on the sidewalk strewn with broken glass. The incident occured close to a primary and secondary school, but luckily non of the school children was injured. It was still school time and the children were not out in the streets yet. Thai Police found an Iranian ID card with Iranian currency, U.S. dollars and Thai currency in a satchel close to the man. Three men and one woman were injured in the explosion. The wounded received treatment at the Kluaynamthai Hospital.
MSNBC reports a motorcycle taxi driver Dechchart Puangket, who witnessed the scene said, "Luckily school hadn't finished yet, otherwise there would be more injuries."
It is not certain if the Thai incident is linked in any way to the Monday twin attacks on Israeli embassy staff in New Delhi, India and Tbilisi, Georgia reported by Digital Journal. But an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor, said: "We can't rule out any possibility." Israel, according to Digital Journal, had accused Iran and Hezbollah for the attacks in India and Georgia.
The Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, has also blamed Iran for the Thai attack. He said: "The attempted terrorist attack in Bangkok proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to perpetrate terror. Iran and Hezbollah are unrelenting terror elements endangering the stability of the region, and endangering the stability of the world."
Daily Mail reports an Iranian Mohummad Hazaei, believed to be one of the men in Moradi's house when explosives went off, was detained Tuesday night at Bangkok's international airport as he was leaving the country for Malaysia. Police are still looking for the third man believed also to be Iranian.
Thai immigration police are trying to trace Moradi's movement. According to police, he arrived by air in Thailand at the resort town of Phuket from Seoul, South Korea. He then stayed in a hotel in Chonburi, a few hours drive southeast of Bangkok for several nights before he came to Bangkok on February 8 and rented a house.
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