Powerful bomb rocks Bangkok Central

Bangkok Explosion-Reuters pic

Bangkok Explosion-Reuters pic

A powerful bomb exploded nearby the Erawan Hindu Shrine in Bangkok’s central Chidlom district. Thai PBS television stated that at least 15 people were killed but the Nation television put the number at 27. Other local media outlets said at least 4 foreigners were among them. Most of the injured were tourists from China and Taiwan, media said. Arglit Boonyai, Thailand News Correspondent for Channel NewsAsia, says two remaining bombs have been defused after officials and sniffer dogs were brought in. Body parts were scattered all around the explosion perimeter and there were chaos as ambulance and medical personnel were rushing into attending and taking the injured to the hospital.

Erawan Hindu Shrine is dedicated to the Hindu god Brahma, but is also visited by thousands of Buddhists each day. There are also three major shopping centres nearby. National police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri told Agence France-Presse news agency: “I can confirm it was a bomb, we can’t tell which kind yet, we are checking.”

Though, Thai forces have been fighting a low-level Muslim insurgency in the south, Bangkok city has also witnessed a decade of sometimes violent rivalry between political factions. The military junta took over ruling the country in May 2014, removing an elected government following months of political strife and unrest.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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