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Bangkok explosions injure five, Iranian national suspected (VIDEO)

Bomb attacks in the Thai capital injured five people, including an Iranian suspected of carrying the bomb. Israel's defense minister has accused Iran and Hezbollah over the blasts.

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Thai bomb squad officials inspect the site of an explosion in Bangkok on February 14, 2012. Three minor blasts rattled the Thai capital Bangkok, leaving a foreigner seriously wounded when a grenade he was suspected of carrying exploded, police said. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images) (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel has accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of terrorism following explosions in Thailand on Tuesday.

Three bombs ripped through the Thai capital, Bangkok, injuring four Thais and maiming another man who police suspect was carrying the explosives, CBS reported. He has been identified as Iranian.

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According to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, the attack "proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to perpetrate terror."

"Iran and Hezbollah are relentless terror elements who pose a danger to the stability of the region and the world," Barak is cited as saying by the Associated Press. He is currently in Singapore as part of an official tour, which took him to Bangkok as recently as Sunday.

The New York Times reported that Tuesday's attack involved several "foreign-looking" men, who were seen fleeing a house in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit neighborhood after "an explosion in the early afternoon tore the roof off." 

According to CNN: "A third man, who also fled the house, detonated two more bombs. One of the blasts went off when a taxi driver refused to give him a ride, and there was another explosion when he tried to throw a bomb at police as they closed on him."

The suspect, whose legs were blown off in the explosion, is currently in hospital. An identity card found nearby identified him as an Iranian national, the BBC reported. Thai authorities said they had detained an Iranian man at Bangkok airport for questioning, though it is not known whether he is a suspect.

Thai police believe the blasts to have been a botched terror attack, possibly intended to target foreign citizens or an embassy elsewhere in the city, according to an unnamed Israeli official quoted by Haaretz.

The American embassy in Bangkok issued a travel warning on Jan. 13 that said, "foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future."

Last month Israel issued a terror warning to its nationals traveling through Thailand, which is a popular backpacking destination for Israelis. Jerusalem suspected that Hezbollah may attempt to retaliate for the assassination of its deputy chief, Imad Mugniyeh, in 2008.

A Lebanese man with suspected ties to Hezbollah was arrested in Bangkok on Jan. 12, according to the Guardian. CBS reported that he led authorities to a storage site with over 8,800 pounds of fertilizer and liquid ammonium nitrate. It is not known whether the incident is linked to today's explosion.

Watch Thai TV footage of the blast:

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