Thailand Probing Link Between Terror Plot and Islamic Stickers
Thai police are looking into possible links between last week's central Bangkok bomb blasts and the posting of a string of Islamic-related stickers, the Bangkok Post reported on Monday.
According to the report, 52 stickers bearing the word "Sejeal" were found posted along a road in the Klong Toey district.
The word "sejeal" may refer to a passage in the Koran that tells of a miracle when birds from heaven dropped "sejeal stones" on an army riding elephants from Yemen who were attempting to kill Mohammed, scaring the animals and saving the prophet's life.
The Bangkok Post noted that Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists have referred to their rockets and mortars used to attack Israel as “sejeal stones.”
According to the report, the stickers that were found on the road are similar to stickers found at the house where the first of three blasts occurred last Tuesday, at another house rented by one of the suspects arrested in connection with the terror plot, and under the seat of a seized motorcycle believed to belong to one of the suspects.
The total coverage of the sticker-posting was about 1.5 kilometers and a source told the Bangkok Post investigators believed the bombers used the stickers to mark spots where bombing attacks could be carried out.
The suspects are all Iranian nationals and they were thought to be targeting Israeli officials.
On Sunday it was reported that a prostitute helped Thai police in the arrest of three of the terrorists.
Thai police discovered that the terrorists, all of them Iranians who had entered the country a week and a half ago, were hanging around a city known for its brothels. A photograph published in a Bangkok newspaper showed the men with prostitutes while they sat in a bar with drinks and hookah pipes in the background.
One of the women identified one of the terrorists, Mohammad Kharzei, and almost discovered the terror plot. Police said he stopped her from getting closer to a closet in his hotel room, where explosive materials were hidden.
Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reported, police are planning to seek a warrant for the arrest of a sixth suspect.
Details of the suspect have yet to be revealed as the police are still preparing a formal request to the court that it issue the warrant, deputy national police chief Pansiri Prapawat told the newspaper.
City police chief Winai Thongsong told the newspaper the only information known about the latest suspect was that he had already left Thailand for Iran.