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Deadly blast hits Thailand capital

August 17, 2015 6:12 pm

At least 19 people have been killed and scores wounded in a bomb explosion in central Bangkok.

The explosion late on Monday hit a Hindu shrine crowded with worshippers and tourists.

The shrine, on a busy corner near top hotels, shopping centres, offices and a hospital, is a major attraction, especially for visitors from East Asia, including China. Many Thais also worship there.

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Police confirmed 19 people were killed, including 10 Thais, one Chinese and one Filipino citizen. More than 120 people were injured.

No-one has yet said they carried out the attack.

The explosion occurred at about 6.30pm local time when the shrine, close to upscale shopping malls, was crowded with people.

It is understood the device was a pipe bomb and was planted on a motorbike. Police have recovered an electronic circuit they believe was part of the device.

Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the bombers had “targeted foreigners to damage tourism and the economy”.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the New Zealand embassy is seeking information on the nationalities of victims.

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