Police probe ‘Sejeal’ bomb link
Mysterious stickers may have marked target sites
City police are looking into possible links between last week’s central Bangkok bomb blasts and the posting of a string of stickers with an enigmatic message, a source said.
Fifty-two stickers bearing the word “Sejeal” were found posted along a road in Klong Toey district.
They were similar to stickers found at the house where the first of three blasts occurred on Sukhumvit Soi 71 on Feb 14, at another house on Ramkhamhaeng Road rented by suspect Leila Rohani, 31, and under the seat of a seized motorcycle believed to belong to one of the suspects.
The posted stickers were put up on either electricity posts or large signboards starting from an area under a footbridge on Duang Phithak Road in Klong Toey, which runs parallel to the expressway heading for southern Phloenchit Road.
The stickers’ trail ended at the mouth of Soi Ruam Rudi near Phloenchit BTS station.
Police believed Israeli officials often travelled along Duang Phithak Road, which eventually leads to the Asoke area, where the Israeli embassy is based.
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.
Furthermore, Palestinian guerrillas have referred to their rockets and mortars used to attack Israel as “sejeal stones”.
The total coverage of the sticker-posting was about 1.5 kilometres.
The source said 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 targetting Israeli officials.
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