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.
Two died and eight injured in accident
KATHMANDU—Today morning, Two died and eight injured when the microbus (Ba 3 Kha 4042) and minibus (Lu 1 Kha 4194) collided each other in Myagade Rural Municipality-4 of Tanahu district.
Police has identified the deceased as Chija Kumari Batas of 50 and Saraswati Kunawar of 35.
The injured passengers of Microbus are identified as microbus driver Tul Bahadur BK, Sabila Khan Namuk Miya, Chandra Bhandari, Bindu Maya Thapa, Kamala Sura and Satyakala Neupane.
The cause of the accident is not identified yet.Follow @gorkhapost