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A 1.5km trail of stickers bearing the word "Sejeal" has been found along a route police believe Israeli diplomats might use regularly. Similar stickers have been linked to the bomb suspects.

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A sticker reading ‘‘Sejeal’’, possibly a reference from the Koran to sejeal stones, was found by police on the motorcycle of a bomb suspect who left the vehicle in Sukhumvit Soi 71, where explosions erupted on Feb 14. Many similar stickers were also found along a road in Klong Toey. KOSOL NAKACHOL

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Police probe 'Sejeal' bomb link

Mysterious stickers may have marked target sites

Wassayos Ngamkham
Wassana Nanuam

City police are looking into possible links between last week's central Bangkok bomb blasts and the posting of a string of stickers with an enigmatic message, a source said.

Fifty-two stickers bearing the word "Sejeal" were found posted along a road in Klong Toey district.

They were similar to stickers found at the house where the first of three blasts occurred on Sukhumvit Soi 71 on Feb 14, at another house on Ramkhamhaeng Road rented by suspect Leila Rohani, 31, and under the seat of a seized motorcycle believed to belong to one of the suspects.

The posted stickers were put up on either electricity posts or large signboards starting from an area under a footbridge on Duang Phithak Road in Klong Toey, which runs parallel to the expressway heading for southern Phloenchit Road.

The stickers' trail ended at the mouth of Soi Ruam Rudi near Phloenchit BTS station.

The total coverage of the sticker-posting was about 1.5 kilometres.

The source said the investigators believed the bombers used the stickers to mark spots where bombing attacks could be carried out.

The suspects are all Iranian nationals and they were thought to be targetting Israeli officials.

Iranian bomb suspect Mohammad Khazaei takes part in a reenaction scene with police at the Airport Rail Link station at Ramkhamhaeng. He took the train from there to Suvarnabhumi airport, where he was arrested after the three bomb blasts on Sukhumvit Soi 71. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Police believed Israeli officials often travelled along Duang Phithak Road, which eventually leads to the Asoke area, where the Israeli embassy is based.

The word "sejeal" may refer to a passage in the Koran that tells of a miracle when birds from heaven dropped "sejeal stones" on an army riding elephants from Yemen who were attempting to kill Mohammed, scaring the animals and saving the prophet's life.

Furthermore, Palestinian guerrillas have referred to their rockets and mortars used to attack Israel as "sejeal stones".

You can read the full story, which includes details of a possible sixth suspect, here:

reference – mentioning someone or something การอ้างถึง, การอ้างอิง
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
erupt – to start suddenly ปะทุขึ้น
similar – like somebody/something but not exactly the same คล้ายกัน
probe – to investigate; to attempt to find out the truth about something; to examine ตรวจสอบ
link – a connection การเชื่อมต่อ
mysterious – not explained or understood; full of secrets น่าพิศวง, น่าประหลาด
mark – to show the position of something; to write or draw words, letters, symbols etc on something for a particular purpose  ทำเครื่องหมาย, ทำเป็นรอย
target –a person, business, building, area, etc., that someone intends to attack เป้าหมาย
site – a place where something is located  สถานที่
string – a series of similar or connected events that happen one after the other การเรียงต่อเนื่องของเหตุการณ์หรือสิ่งต่างๆ
enigmatic – mysterious and difficult to understand  ยากที่จะเข้าใจ, ยากที่จะอธิบาย
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
bearing – having writing or a design on top แสดง
rent – to pay money for the use of something for a period of time  เช่า
seize – to take something using official power ยึด
parallel – when the distance between two lines, etc. is the same all along their length ขนาน
trail – long line or series of marks that is left by somebody/something ร่องรอยที่ทิ้งไว้ให้ตามได้
investigator – someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something – ผู้สอบสวน,  ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ
reenaction (of a crime) – re-enactment; repeating the actions of a past event, in this case, of a crime แผนประกอบ(คำรับสารภาพ)
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
blast – an explosion การระเบิด
eventually – at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process ในที่สุด
embassy – a building where a group of officials work who represent their government in a foreign country สถานทูต
based – where the main work of an organisation, business, etc. is done or controlled  ซึ่งเป็นศูนย์กลาง
passage – a short section of a book, article, poem, or piece of music, considered on its own ตอน, ส่วน(บทความ)
miracle – an unusual and mysterious event that is thought to have been caused by a god, or any very surprising and unexpected event เรื่องมหัศจรรย์, ปาฏิหาริย์
heaven – the place believed to be the home of God where good people go when they die สวรรค์
scare –  to make someone feel frightened or worried ทำให้กลัว
prophet – according to some religions, a man sent by God to lead people and teach them their religious beliefs ผู้ที่พระเจ้าดลใจมาสอนมนุษย์, ผู้เผยแพร่
furthermore – in addition; more importantly นอกจากนี้, ยิ่งกว่านี้, มากไปกว่านี้
guerrilla – of members of a military group that is not official and usually wants to change a political situation. Their main method is to make unexpected attacks in small groups สมาชิกกลุ่มกองโจร
mortar – a large short gun that is used for firing bombs and shells over short distances ปืนครก


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