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Thailand seeks extradition of Iranian bomb blast suspect from Malaysia

Thailand's national police chief confirms Malaysia has been asked to hand over an Iranian suspected of being behind the Bangkok bombings.

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A Thai police officer stands guard outside the Israeli embassy building in Bangkok, a day after multiple explosions rocked the Thai capital. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Thailand has asked Malaysia to extradite a suspect in an alleged bomb plot against Israeli diplomats in Bangkok, police confirmed on Thursday.

The unnamed suspect is the third Iranian to be arrested over the bombings that injured four people, AFP reports.  Two others are being held in Bangkok.

The latest arrest was made on Wednesday and the suspect is being held in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

On Thursday, Bloomberg and Associated Press reported that Thai police had begun taking steps to have the suspect extradited.

"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 . . .We will expediate the process," national police chief Phrewphan Damapong is quoted as saying.

The AP also reports that Damapong said authorities "knew for certain" that the attacks had targetted Israeli diplomats.

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"This issue was about individuals and the targets were specific," he said. "This was something personal."

CCN explains that Damapong's comments came after a senior Thai security official suggested there may be a link between the Bangkok bombings and the attacks aimed at Israeli officials in India and Georgia because the material used in the explosive devices was similar.

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Meanwhile, India's Daily News and Analysis reported that the probe into the attack on an Israeli vehicle in New Delhi was "gathering pace," and added that central agencies were sharing information with Thailand and Georgia. 

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