Bangkok, Feb 18: The three bungling Iranian bombers detained in Bangkok after they accidentally set off their explosives cavorted with prostitutes at a beach resort days before the botched attacks, says Thai police, according to Daily Mail.
A photograph has emerged of the trio cosying up to sex workers, surrounded by hookah-pipes and drinks, in a bar in the notoriously sleazy city of Pattaya.
The revelation comes as it emerged police are now hunting for two more suspects, including a possible bomb expert, they think helped the trio as they set about targeting Israeli diplomats.
The Iranian trio Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh, who was arrested in Malaysia, Mohammad Khazaei, centre, who was detained at Suvarnabhumi Airport, and Saied Moradi, who was badly injured in the bombings, were pictured drinking with prostitutes.
The foiled plan was discovered on Tuesday when explosives in the men's rented house blew up by mistake, forcing them to flee.
Two men, including one who blew off his own leg when he hurled a grenade at police but it bounced back at his feet, were detained in the Thai capital.
A third was captured the following day in Malaysia as he tried to return to Iran.
After flying into the southern city of Phuket on February 8, the men moved to Pattaya, 45 miles southeast of the capital, and stayed there for at least two nights before heading to Bangkok.
It was there that the group met with prostitutes, one of which was brought to Bangkok to identify the suspects yesterday.
A mobile phone image taken by one of the women, published by the Bangkok Post, purportedly shows the three Iranians at a Middle Eastern bar or restaurant.
They appear to be surrounded by hookah water-pipes, two of them cradling women in their arms, the men posing for a photo around a low, drink-filled table on which there appeared to be at least one bottle of beer.