More suspects were detained yesterday for suspected involvement in Tuesday's multiple bombings in Bangkok as the Israeli ambassador insists those arrested are part of a terror network.
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Explosives experts search for clues at a bomb-damaged house off Sukhumvit 71 Road that was rented by three Iranian nationals, two of whom were detained after three blasts rocked the capital on Tuesday. SOMCHAI POOMLARD INSET: Rohani Leila, an Iranian woman who left Thailand on Feb 5, is wanted by police in connection with the blasts.
Bombers 'part of terror group'
Diplomat links blasts to India, Georgia attacks
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The suspects involved in Tuesday's multiple bombings in Bangkok were part of the same network of terror involved in bomb incidents in India and Georgia earlier this week, according to Itzhak Shoham, Israeli ambassador to Thailand.
While the target of the bombs was not clear, "we can assume from the other experiences that we were the target," he said.
He said the bombs discovered in a house on Sukhumvit Soi 71 were similar to those used in attacks on Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia.
The ambassador said the arrest of two Iranians in the blasts "again leaves not too much room to assume who was behind it".
Two suspects with Iranian passports were detained after the explosions. Saeid Moradi, 28, was injured in the bombings, while Mohummad Hazaei, 42, was detained at Suvarnabhumi airport late on Tuesday as he was about to board a plane to Malaysia.
A third suspect, identified as Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh, was arrested yesterday by Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur.
"The Iranian was arrested under the Immigration Act of Malaysia out of intelligence provided by Thai counterparts," Malaysian police chief Ismail Omar said.
"He is being investigated for terrorism activities in relation to bombings in Thailand."
Four Thai bystanders were wounded in the attacks, which involved three separate blasts that started when a cache of explosives apparently exploded in a house. Mr Moradi, while fleeing the home with what witnesses said appeared to be grenades, allegedly set off two other bombs shortly afterwards, including one that severed his legs.
Police investigators later found two completed bombs each with two kilogrammes of C4 explosives, as well as magnets similar to those used in the car bombings in India and Georgia.
Israeli officials quickly claimed the Bangkok bombings were part of a global wave of terror attacks initiated by Iran.
Thai authorities played down any links to state-sponsored terrorism.
National Security Council secretary-general Wichean Potephosree said intelligence reports from various agencies suggested the explosive devices were designed for use against individuals.
"The devices weren't meant for use against establishments or [groups of] people. It was not an act of terrorism," he said, adding the incident was part of "global tensions" and Thailand was vulnerable as a major tourist destination.
But national police chief Priewpan Damapong said yesterday the suspects are believed to be connected with those responsible for attacks on Israeli diplomats in Georgia and India.
He said the bombs found by Thai authorities were similar to devices used in those countries.
He added that while Mr Hazaei denied any connection to Mr Moradi after being detained at the airport, his clothes had traces of explosives and he was found to have suffered shrapnel injuries.
Police investigators yesterday sought court arrest warrants for all three Iranian suspects being held in custody, as well as an Iranian woman, Rohani Leila, who is suspected of having arranged for the rental of the Sukhumvit Soi 71 home.
City police chief Winai Thongsong said Mr Moradi so far has been charged with attempted murder and having explosives in his possession. No terrorism charge has been filed.
Doctors at Chulalongkorn Hospital said Mr Moradi remains unconscious but in a stable condition after undergoing 10 hours of surgery on Tuesday for severe injuries to his legs, stomach and right eye.
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search – to look somewhere carefully in order to find something ค้นหา
clue – an object or fact that someone discovers that helps them solve a crime or mystery เบาะแส, ร่องรอย
rent – to pay money for the use of something for a period of time เช่า
detained – kept in a place and not allowed to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
blast – an explosion การระเบิด
rock – to shock, surprise, or frighten someone ทำให้ตกใจ, ทำให้สั่นสะเทือน
capital – the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from เมืองหลวง
terror – violence used for making people very frightened in order to achieve political aims การก่อการร้าย การสร้างความหวาดกลัว
diplomat – an official whose job is to represent their government in a foreign country นักการทูต
link – to connect เชื่อม
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
network – a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
ambassador – a senior official who lives in a foreign country and represents his or her own country there ทูต
target –a person, business, building, area, etc., that someone intends to attack เป้าหมาย
assume – to accept something to be true without question or proof ทึกทักเอา, คิดว่าเป็นจริง,
arrest – (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime การจับกุม
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
identified – named ระบุชื่อ
(law enforcement) authorities – police and other officials responsible for making sure laws are obeyed
immigration – the process in which people enter a country in order to live there การย้ายถิ่นฐาน
Act – a law passed by a country’s government กฎหมาย
intelligence – information collected about the secret plans of an enemy, criminal organisations, competitors, etc. ข่าวกรอง ข้อมูลลับ
counterpart – someone who has the same job or purpose as another person or thing, but in a different country, time, situation, or organisation ผู้ที่ทำงานประเภทเดียวกัน; ผู้ที่อยู่ในตำแหน่งเสมอกัน
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
terrorism – the use of violence to achieve political aims การใช้ความรุนแรงเพื่อข้อเรียกร้องทางการเมือง
bystander – a person who is standing near and watching something that is happening but is not taking part in it ผู้เห็นเหตุการณ์, ผู้สังเกตการณ์
wounded – injured, especially where your skin or flesh is damaged, usually seriously บาดเจ็บ
cache – a quantity of things that have been hidden or stored, especially weapons สิ่งที่ซ่อนไว้
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
flee – to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger หนี อพยพ
witness – a person who sees something happen ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์
grenade – a small bomb that someone throws or fires from a gun ลูกระเบิดเล็ก
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
sever – to break or separate, especially by cutting ตัดขาด
magnet – an object that is able both to attract iron and steel objects and also push them away แม่เหล็ก
claim – saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
global – throughout the world ทั่วโลก
wave – an activity or situation which is happening again and again
initated – created; started ริเริ่มโดย
play down – to discount; to try to make something seem less important or serious than it really is ลดความสำคัญ
link – a connection ความเชื่อมโยงกัน
state – government รัฐบาล
National Security Council – a government body which deals with security matters that require cabinet action or present a serious threat to the country's sovereignty สำนักงานสภาความมั่นคงแห่งชาติ
device – a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
individual – a person considered separately rather than as part of a group บุคคล
establishment – an organisation, an institution or a hotel สถานประกอบการ
tension – the feeling caused by a lack of trust between people, groups or countries ความตึงเครียด
vulnerable – easily damaged or harmed ซึ่งถูกทำลายได้ง่าย
destination – the place where someone or something is going จุดหมายปลายทาง
responsible – deserving to be blamed for something that has happened มีความรับผิดชอบ
deny – to say that something is not true ปฏิเสธ
traces – very small amounts of a substance ร่องรอย
shrapnel – small pieces of metal that fly out of a bomb or bullet when it explodes เศษ กระสุนดาวกระจาย,กระสุนลูกแตก,เศษกระสุน
sought (past tense of seek) – asked for something, or to tried to get something พยายามได้มา
arrest warrant – a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone หมายจับ
custody – the state of being in prison or under police control, especially while waiting for trial การกักขัง, การคุมขัง
suspected – thought to have done something เป็นที่สงสัย
arrange – to plan or organize something in advance จัดเตรียม, เตรียมการ
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
murder – the crime of intentionally killing a person ฆาตกรรม
possession – having or owning something การครอบครอง
unconscious – in a sleeplike condition, usually from an illness or injury หมดสติ
stable – not changing frequently and not likely to suddenly become worse คงที่, มั่นคง
surgery – medical treatment in which a doctor cuts open someone’s body การทำศัลยกรรม
severe – very serious and worrying ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง
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