A bomb has blasted outside a Hindu shrine in central Bangkok, murdering at least 21 people and injuring more than 120 others, in an assault the government said was intended to hit the nation’s tourism industry.
Police and ambulances rushed to the scene after the bomb went off about 7:00pm (local time) when the shrine was packed with worshippers and tourists.
Police confirmed 21 people were killed, and earlier said the number include 10 Thais, one Chinese and one Filipino national. More than 120 others were injured, police said. The nationalities of the other individuals who died were not immediately clear.
Hong Kong’s immigration department said it had “confirmed that two Hong Kong residents died in the incident”, with six others injured and sent to hospital for treatment.
China’s official Xinhua news agency said two Chinese nationals had kicked the bucket, while the governments of Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan reported that some of their citizens were injured.
Some media outlets had earlier reported that 27 people were killed.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement it was working with authorities in Bangkok to determine whether Australians had been affected.
“At this stage we have no information that Australians are among the deceased or seriously injured,” it said.
Deputy national police chief Aek Angsananond said a motorcycle was involved in the blast.Follow @gorkhapost
Three arrested with tiger hides
KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.
The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.
All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.Follow @gorkhapost