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