Homemade bombs exploded near a popular shopping mall in Bangkok

February 1, 2015 7:39 pm

Two “homemade” bombs exploded near a popular shopping mall in
downtown last night, leaving one man with minor injuries, police
said.
The blasts took place at around 8 pm near the busy
shopping centre well visited by tourists and local residents, with
police initially reporting they were caused by an electrical fault.
National
police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told AFP further investigations had
revealed the explosions were triggered by two IEDs (improvised
explosive devices).

Thai police forensic officers investigate near the front of the Siam
Paragon shopping mall, the site of a blast in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo /
AP

“Two homemade bombs exploded on a walkway
between Siam BTS (skytrain) and Siam Paragon mall. They were hidden
behind electric controls,” he said, adding one man had received minor
injuries. Further investigations are under way, he added, without providing more details.
An
uneasy calm had descended upon the Thai capital since last May when the
army seized power after months of often violent street protests that
led to the ousting of ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra’s government.
Under
martial law, political gatherings and criticism of the coup are
forbidden, with the junta responding aggressively to any form of
protest.

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