Iranian Bomb Suspects Partied With Prostitutes

They spent two days at Thai 'sex resort,' say officials
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2012 5:10 AM CST

(Newser) – Three Iranians suspected of plotting Bangkok bomb attacks on Israeli diplomats arranged to meet women as they planned their missions—and they weren't 72 virgins. They spent hours over two nights partying with prostitutes at a Thai beach resort in Pattaya, known for its sex industry, say authorities. One of the prostitutes has been brought in to identify the men in Bangkok, where they're being held, reports MSNBC. The hookers took a cell-phone snap of the hard-partying Muslims that has been published in the Bangkok Post. Nothing triggered the prostitutes' suspicions except when they were ordered away from a closet in the men's hotel room.

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The bomb plot was discovered when one of the suspects accidentally blew off his leg in an explosion in a house he was renting. Iran has denied any links to bomb plots against or other attacks on Israelis, whom they have accused of assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists. An Israeli diplomat's wife and driver were injured early this week when a bomb tore through a diplomatic vehicle in New Delhi. Thai authorities said the detained Iranians planned to use "sticky" bombs that can be magnetically attached to vehicles, the kind that was used in New Delhi. Authorities are still searching for other suspects in Thailand, and have raised the nation's terror security alert. (Read more bombing stories.)

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