Police: Stickers linked to bomb plot

Police: Stickers linked to bomb plot

The suspected Iranian terrorists arrested last week identified and marked their potential targets in Bangkok with stickers containing the word "SEJEAL", police said on Monday.

Police revealed the latest piece of evidence in their investigation while interrogating bomb suspect Mohammad Khazaei, 42. They said many people phoned in about the stickers which were found on a busy street in Bangkok’s Ploenchit and Klong Toey areas after learning about them from the media.

The stickers were first seen under a flyover on Duang Pitak Road in the Lumpini area of Klong Toey district - which runs pararell with the Ploenchit Expressway on the southern side and the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly factory - and were spotted at other places along a 1.5km stretch to the mouth of Soi Ruam Rudee near Ploenchit BTS skytrain station.

Officials believe the stickers may have been used to mark specific locations in a plot to assassinate high-ranking Israeli officials who use the route.

Explosives ordnance disposal (EOD) police examined the stickers and spent about an hour removing 52 of them attached to electricity poles, billboards, traffic signs and phone booths along the route. 

The word "Sejeal" is Arabic. A passage in the Koran relates a miracle when birds from heaven dropped "sejeal stones" at an army of elephants from Yemen who were attempting to kill Muhammad, scaring the animals and saving the prophet's life. Palestinian guerrillas have referred to their rockets and mortars used to attack Israel as "sejeal stones". 

Mr Khazaei was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Feb 14 after a series of bomb blasts in Sukhumvit Soi 71.

Police last week discovered more than 100 of the stickers in a room at Nasa Vegas Hotel on Ramkhamhaeng Road, where an Iranian woman suspect, Leila Rohani, 31, who is still at large, checked in. 

Polcie also found six of the stickers in a storage compartment of the suspects’ motorcycle. The discovery triggered speculation that the motorcycle might have been intended for use in a bomb plot. 

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