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Iran diplomats see suspects in Thai bombings

TEHRAN: Iranian diplomats have visited three Iranian suspects implicated in a series of bomb explosions in Thailand, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday according to the Fars news agency.

Iran's deputy foreign minister in charge of Asia and Oceanic affairs, Abbas Araqchi, was quoted as saying of the February 14 explosions in Bangkok: "We still do not know who is behind this and why they have done it."

"The dimensions of this issue are not clear for us and there are ambiguities about this issue, and it seems that the scenario was devised by the Zionists (Israelis) to involve Iran in a new misdeed," he said.

Thai police have said the bombings were part of an alleged plot to kill Israeli diplomats, in a similar fashion to failed attempts on Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia.

Araqchi said Iranian diplomats in Asia were granted consular visits to two Iranians being held in Thailand and one being detained in Malaysia.

"We are aware of their physical conditions and we were assured that international regulations will be applied to them," he said.

The two suspects visited in Thailand by Iranian officials include a man who inadvertently blew his own legs off when he tried to throw a bomb at pursuing police.

The other suspect visited is a presumed accomplice who shared a rented Bangkok house where a bomb cache was discovered after an apparent accidental explosion.

Thai police on Monday said they were holding a third Iranian for questioning in the affair, but that he denied any involvement and for the moment he was being detained for overstaying his visa.

The other Iranian suspect seen by diplomats from his home country was being held in Malaysia, to where he flew straight after the blasts.

Thailand has issued arrest warrants for yet another two Iranians who were believed to have left the country.

Israel has blamed Iran over the Bangkok blasts, as well as the attacks in India and Georgia a day earlier.

Tehran has rejected the accusations. Last week, it said it was ready to help identify those responsible.

 

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