Blast hits Bangkok commercial hub, at least 27 dead

Explosion rocks Bangkok’s commercial hub, leaving at least 27 dead

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

At least 15 people have reportedly been killed and another 80 injured in an explosion near the Erawan shrine, which is a popular destination for tourists and visitors in the Thai capital Bangkok.

Journalist Steve Herman, who was an eye-witness in the city’s Chidlom business district, confirmed that he had seen a number of bodies while providing a live video feed to Periscope TV.

Three foreigners were also confirmed by The Nation television channel to be among the dead.

Thai authorities confirmed the explosion was caused by a bomb shortly after the blast, which took place at a road junction in Ratchaprasong between the Hindu shrine and a hotel at around 19:00 local time (12:00 GMT).

"I can confirm it was a bomb, we can't tell which kind yet, we are checking," national police spokesman Lietenant General Prawut Thavornsiri told Agence France-Presse.

"There could be another explosion, so we have blocked off the crime scene and are asking bystanders to move back," the lietenant added, speaking to Reuters.

Police also said the device may have been hidden inside a motorcycle, and that a second device in the area was detonated in a controlled-fashion, Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwon told reporters.

"All I can say now is there has been an explosion in central Bangkok involving a motorcycle bomb," deputy national police chief Aek Angsananond told Reuters.

A third device was also discovered at a nearby complex but has not yet been detonated, the Associated Press reported.

Injured people and severed body parts were seen scattered all over the site of the explosion. Offices in the area were evacuated.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

TRTWorld and agencies