Army Commander-in-Chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart condemned the bomb blast at Mongkutklao hospital as the worst ever explosion with an intention to kill or maim because the device contained many nails and most of the victims were reitrees.
This is the worst ever bombing incident. Normally they do not attack a hospital, even at a time of war, said the army chief as he asked members of the public to condemn the perpetrators and to provide information to the authorities if they have any which help in tracking down the perpetrators.
The army chief suggested that the perpetrators of this latest incident might be the same group which was responsible for the bomb explosions in front of the Government Lottery Office and the National Theatre.
He said the perpetrators did not intend to discredit the government but wanted to create chaos.
Officials concerned were told to beef up security while the City Hall was urged to upgrade and increase the number of surveillance cameras in the city.
Altogether 21 people were injured, including an elderly woman who was seriously injured.
Bomb experts, meanwhile, said that the bomb was a low explosive device which was not intended to kill. They added that it could not be confirmed at this stage it was the same type of bombs that went off in front of the National Theatre recently.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)