Bangkok bombing: Death toll rises to 21
Radio New Zealand International
August 18, 2015 6:18 pm
The death toll from the explosion at a Hindu shrine in Bangkok has risen to 21, and the number of people injured stands at more than 120.
A bomb exploded late on Monday at the Erawan Shrine, which was crowded with worshippers and tourists. Located on a busy corner near top hotels, shopping centres, offices and a hospital, it is a major attraction, especially for visitors from East Asia, including China. Many Thais also worship there.
Police have confirmed the 21 people killed in the blast included 10 Thais, one Chinese and one Filipino citizen.
No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Two more bombs in the Thai capital were found before they could explode
Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the bombers had “targeted foreigners… to damage tourism and the economy”.
“We will hunt them down,” he said.
The Thai Prime Minister said authorities were looking for a male “suspect” seen on CCTV footage near the site of the blast.
Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters it was not clear who the suspect was.
The Nation TV channel quoted Mr Chan-ocha as saying the government would set up a “war room” to co-ordinate its response.