Bangkok (dpa) – A bomb exploded in a busy business district in the
Thai capital on Monday, killing at least 15 people, police said.
More than 80 people were injured in the huge blast at Rajprasong
Intersection, which lies in a business district famous among tourists
and locals for a Hindu shrine.
Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told reporters a “significant
portion” of the casualties were foreigners.
Witnesses said the explosion happened around 7:15 pm (1215 GMT).
“I was having dinner at the Hyatt Erawan Hotel when a large explosion
shook the building,” said Eric Seldin, an office worker.
“When we were allowed outside 15 minutes later we saw several bodies
covered under white sheets and damage to a nearby shrine.”
Television footage showed emergency workers assisting survivors and
body parts scattered on the floor.
A bomb crater was visible in the courtyard of the Erawan Hindu
Special police teams were searching for more bombs.
Two bombs were detonated in February at a luxury shopping mall in
Bangkok, injuring two people.
Another bomb exploded at the resort of Koh Samui in April.
Authorities said the bombs were meant to destabilize the military
government, which came to power in a coup in May 2014.