Bangkok Blast (updated)

Total death toll from the bomb blast in the Thai capital rose to 21 on Tuesday with 123 wounded, police said.  Seven tourists among those killed in the attack on a popular religious shrine. Malaysia, China and Hong Kong has each two of their citizens killed while one death for Singapore.Authorities also said the blast at the  shrine in downtown Bangkok killed 10 Thais.

Hong Kong’s immigration department said Tuesday that it had “confirmed that two Hong Kong residents deceased in the incident” with six others injured and sent to hospital for treatment.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast on Monday evening.

Speculation for key suspects and group for now has not been officially finalised however the Royal Thai Army chief earlier stated that the bomb blast did “not match” the tactics used by separatist rebels in Thailand’s south.

Thailand’s three southernmost provinces are home to a long-running Muslim separatist insurgency. Since 2004, more than 6,500 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in violence in the region.

The violence has rarely spilled over beyond those provinces. Nonetheless, since 2014,  Thailand has also been facing political strikes between factions. Bangkok city has seen violent protest between political parties with scores of people injured and  killed.

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