Thai authorities say they are hunting a man shown on security footage walking around a packed religious shrine and planting a bomb-laden backpack before an explosion that killed at least 20 people.
Monday’s attack in one of the Thai capital’s most famous tourism center hubs ripped through a crowd of worshippers at the Hindu shrine close to five-star hotels and upscale shopping malls.
At least 11 of the victims were foreigners from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.
More than 100 other people were injured as the blast left body parts, shattered glass and incinerated motorcycles strewn across the crushed concrete of a busy intersection.
Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha said the bombing was the “worst ever attack” on Thailand and that the hunt was on for the bomber filmed on closed-circuit television at the shrine.
Police released images showing the man, who appeared young and slightly built, and wearing a yellow T-shirt and dark shorts, walking into the shrine with a backpack.
National police spokesman Prawut Thavorn said the man left the scene aboard a motorcycle taxi, which are common in Bangkok, and the blast occurred three minutes later.
“It is quite clear that he is the perpetrator in this case,” Mr Thavorn told local television station Channel 3, adding police were also trying to track down the motorcycle taxi driver.
But Mr Thavorn and other security chiefs did not reveal if they knew of any motives for the attack.
Passenger bus falls from bridge, leaving 12 dead, injuring 46 in India’s Sitamadhi
PATNA — At least 12 people were killed and 46 others injured on Saturday after a passenger bus carrying them fell from a bridge in India’s eastern state of Bihar, officials said.
A bus carrying over 60 passengers fell off a bridge in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district, about 130 kilometres north of state capital Patna, killing 12 persons on the spot on Saturday evening, local media reported.
The accident took place at around 6 pm on the National Highway 77 near Bhanaspatti village under Runnisaidpur area of the district. Police said the bus was heading to Aurai via Runnisaidpur from Muzaffarpur.
Reports said following the accident, some of the witnesses informed police who rushed to the spot along with health teams to carry out rescue operation.
Of the injured, 34 were admitted to the primary health centre (PHC) at Runnisaidpur while 12 were rushed to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur.Follow @gorkhapost