Bangkok bomb as it happened: Number confirmed dead rises to 19 as tourists 'targeted' at Erawan shrine

More than 120 people are thought to have been injured in the blast

Lizzie Dearden,Kashmira Gander
Monday 17 August 2015 22:16
The explosion was near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok
The explosion was near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok

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What is the Erawan Shrine?

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The blast happened at around 7pm local time in Ratchaprasong, a road intersection and shopping district near the Erawan Shrine.

Photos posted online showed car windows smashed and debris littering the streets as the area was cordoned off by emergency services.

The Thai national police chief told Reuters India it had been caused by a bomb but no further details were immediately available.

Spokesperson Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri told the AFP news agency: "I can confirm it was a bomb, we can't tell which kind yet, we are checking."

The Erawan is popular shrine to the Hindu god Brahma but is visited by thousands of Buddhist devotees every day, as well as tourists.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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