In a horrific and senseless attack, Bangkok’s central business district of Ratchaprasong was rocked by a bomb blast late Monday evening, around 1900 hours local time (1910 hours, according to the Bangkok Post). The explosion killed at least 19 people and injured more than 120, the BBC reported this morning.
According to Reuters, Aek Angsananond, deputy national police chief, said that a motorcycle bomb was involved.
The blast occurred in the vicinity of one of the city’s most popular shrines and tourist attractions, the Erawan Shrine, adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel, Amarin Plaza, Gayshorn plaza and other malls. Hundreds of Thais and tourists pay homage at this shrine daily.
Pictures and videos show body parts and burnt motorcycle debris strewn around the street, as also an electronic circuit, which is believed to be part of the bomb. The iron fence surrounding the shrine has bent backwards with the impact of the explosion.
Casualties are reported by Reuters to include foreigners and Thais. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the terror attack yet.
Although Ratchaprasong is a volatile area in terms of political demonstrations over the years, Thailand is a peaceable country and bomb blasts here are extremely rare incidents.
Written by: Punam Mohandas