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‘Iran’s terror face exposed’
AFP
Jerusalem/Bangkok, February 15, 2012
First Published: 12:37 IST(15/2/2012)
Last Updated: 00:34 IST(16/2/2012)

Iran’s “terrorist activities” have been exposed to the world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday following a series of blasts in India and Thailand, which Israel has blamed on Tehran.

“At this time, Iran’s terrorist activities have been exposed to everyone,” he said, accusing the Islamic republic of “harming innocent diplomats across the world.”

Israel has blamed Iran for two bombs targeting its diplomats in India and Georgia on Monday, as well as for a series of botched explosions in Thailand on Tuesday, which Thai intelligence officials said were aimed at embassy staff in Bangkok.

Thailand on Wednesday charged two Iranians over the alleged plot, but Tehran has denied all involvement.

“Iran is undermining the stability of the world,” Netanyahu said in remarks made at a special parliamentary session in honour of visiting Croatian President Ivo Josipovic.

“Nations of the world must condemn these incidents and draw red lines against this Iranian aggression,” he warned. “Aggression like this, if it is not stopped, will spread like a storm.”

Tensions between Iran and Israel have risen sharply following three bomb incidents in world capitals in less than 24 hours.

Iranian suspects behind a failed bomb plot in Thailand were “part of the same network” as assailants who targeted Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia, Israel’s ambassador to Thailand said Wednesday.

Itzhak Shoham said there appeared to be a close link between bombings in three world capitals in less than 24 hours, suggesting that the perpetrators in Thailand had been trying to assassinate Israeli diplomats.

“This is what we were concerned about... that the targets were the Israelis — same system, same explosive, and part of the same network,” he told AFP.

One of the Iranian suspects triggered a blast that tore off his legs as he hurled an explosive device at Thai police while fleeing an earlier explosion at a house in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Reacting to information from a senior Thai intelligence official that he and other Israeli diplomats were the target of a bomb plot, Shoham said he was happy that the attempt failed.

But he added: "It doesn't mean that everything is finished, but we hope we are on the right path." He repeated the Israeli government accusation that Iran was behind the bombings.


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