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Thailand seeks handover of Iranian bomb suspect

Thailand is seeking the extradition of an Iranian suspected in an alleged bomb plot against Israeli diplomats in Bangkok following his arrest in Malaysia, police said on Thursday.

world Updated: Feb 16, 2012 14:49 IST

Thailand is seeking the extradition of an Iranian suspected in an alleged bomb plot against Israeli diplomats in Bangkok following his arrest in Malaysia, police said on Thursday.

"The court approved his arrest warrant so the National Police Office will refer the case to the Attorney General's Office to coordinate for his extradition," national police chief Phrewphan Damapong told reporters.

"We will expedite the process."

Malaysian police announced on Wednesday that the unnamed Iranian had been detained in the capital Kuala Lumpur earlier the same day.

He was among three suspects in the bombings that rattled the Thai capital Bangkok on Tuesday and have piled pressure on Tehran amid accusations of a terror campaign against the Jewish state.

On Monday, bombers targeted Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia before escaping.

In Bangkok, two Iranians were detained over three blasts that occurred on Tuesday. They were charged with causing an illegal explosion and other offences, Thai foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said.

One of the men -- named as 28-year-old Saeid Morati -- had his legs blown off as he hurled an explosive device at Thai police while fleeing an apparently unintended blast at a house in the Thai capital, officials said.

The other suspect was detained trying to board a flight out of the country.