Tourists Among 16 Killed by Bomb at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Tourists Among 16 Killed by Bomb at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine

A bomb attack killed 16 people including tourists in the commercial heart of the Thai capital Monday evening.

At least 78 more were injured by the powerful blast which hit during rush hour at a popular landmark heavily frequented by Thais and tourists alike.

One Filipino victim and two Chinese nationals were among those killed, outgoing police chief Somyot Pumphanmuang said. Twelve died at the scene and another four have since died in hospital, he said.

"We have not discarded any possible motive," he said at a news conference at the Royal Thai Police headquarters, located meters away from the scene of the attack. Despite media reports indicating one bomb was attached to a utility pole while a second detonated from a motorcycle, Somyot denied a car bomb was involved, saying it was planted on the scene.

While no one has taken credit for the attack and authorities said it's too early to speculate, Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told Reuters it was meant to harm Thailand's economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are to be no elections in Thailand, run now by a military junta, until 2016.

I do not look at that timing for elections, and these bombings, as being unrelated.

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