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Iranians behind Bangkok terror plot pictured 'partying with prostitutes' before botched attacks

Bangkok, Sat, 18 Feb 2012 ANI

Bangkok, Feb 18 (ANI): The three Iranian men detained for allegedly plotting bomb attacks in Bangkok reportedly cavorted with prostitutes on a beach days before the botched attacks.


A photograph has emerged of the men cosying up with sex workers, surrounded by hookah-pipes and drinks, at a bar in Pattaya.


The news comes as Thai authorities announced they were searching for two more suspects in the botched bomb plot, including a possible explosives specialist who may have been training the Iranians.


The foiled plan was discovered on Tuesday when explosives in the men's rented house blew up by mistake, forcing them to flee.


Two men, including one who blew off his own leg when he hurled a grenade at police but it bounced back at his feet, were detained in the Thai capital.


A third was captured the following day in Malaysia as he tried to return to Iran.


According to The Daily Mail, after flying into the southern city of Phuket on February 8, the men moved to Pattaya, and stayed there for at least two nights before heading to Bangkok.


It was there that the group met with prostitutes, one of which was brought to Bangkok to identify the suspects.


The woman who took the photograph said one of the now-detained suspects, Mohammad Kharzei, had asked her to escort him 'because he was not good at speaking English'.


She said she brought two companions for Kharzei's friends, and they had drinks and played snooker together.


The woman detected nothing awry, except when one of the Iranians 'barred her from approaching a closet' in his hotel room.


Meanwhile, Thailand's national police chief said that the detained Iranians were plotting to attack Israeli diplomats, citing the similarity of so-called 'sticky' bombs that can be attached magnetically that were used in New Delhi and Tbilisi. (ANI)



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