Both men are now facing four criminal charges, including possession of explosives, attempted murder, attempted murder of a policeman and causing explosions that damaged property.
At least five bombs are known to have exploded. The first blew off the roof of the men’s house by accident, and Moradi detonated two others — one against a taxi that refused to give him a ride, and another as he tried to fend off police. Four Thai civilians were wounded in the taxi blast.
When police searched the men’s house, a bomb squad found and defused two explosives, each made of three or four pounds of C-4 explosives inside a pair of radios.
Police said they were tracing the materials to try to figure out where they came from.
Wichean said that the type of explosives suggested they would have been used to target individuals.
“Based on the equipment and materials we found, they were aimed at individuals and the destruction capacity was not intended for large crowds or big buildings,” Wichean said.
National police Chief Prewpan Dhamapong also said the target was “individuals. Like what happened in India.” He declined to speculate on what the targets were, but said they were “foreigners, not Thais.”
Wichean also acknowledged his nation could be “a weak link” for international terrorism “because we are open to foreigners.”
Thailand itself has rarely been a target for international terrorists, but its main airport is a major hub for Asian air travel and its government — heavily reliant on tourism — is known for tolerance but criticized for corruption and graft.
Associated Press writers Ravi Nessman in New Delhi, Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok and Ali Akbar Dareini in Tehran contributed to this report.
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