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Cop: Iranian wounded by own bomb near Bangkok embassy district

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Thai bomb squad officials inspect the site of an explosion in Bangkok on Feb. 14, 2012.

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A damaged taxi lies on the road at the site of an explosion in Bangkok on Feb. 14, 2012.

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A photo taken with an iPhone shows a man, thought to be the bomber, lying on the ground with severe injuries after an explosion in Bangkok on Feb. 14, 2012.

NBC News, msnbc.com and news services report from BANGKOK — A man thought to be Iranian was seriously wounded in an explosion near Bangkok's embassy district Tuesday, police and a government spokeswoman said, after he reportedly threw a bomb at police that bounced off a tree and blew up near him.

The explosion occurred in the district that houses foreign embassies, including the Israeli Embassy. The Israeli Embassy is more than 800 yards away across a main road.

Police Col. Warawut Taweechaikarn, a senior officer in the district, said the wounded foreigner was Iranian.

The incident came a day after twin bomb attacks targeted Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia.

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Bomb squad officials inspect the site using a magnet to pick up shrapnel pieces on Feb. 14, 2012.