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Three bombs went off in Bangkok today, injuring five, one critically. Three Iranian men are believed to be involved in the bombing incident.
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A bomb disposal expert looks for explosives on Sukhumvit Soi 71 near Kasempithaya School. (Photo by Phrakrit Juntawong.)
Bombs in Bangkok
The Iranian man who was injured in the bombing. (Photo Wassayos Ngamkham)
Here on Ekamai (Sukhumivit Soi 63) at about 2pm I was just about to leave for the office when I heard what I thought was a loud explosion. My wife, who had just come in from outside, assured me it was just thunder, so I didn't think much of it.
When I arrived at the office a short time later, I found it was indeed an explosion, one of the three explosions that have been the centre of attention since they went off.
Initial reports, spread through twitter, suggested it might have been a failed suicide bomb plot involving Lebanese.
We now know otherwise. The first explosion went off at a house on Soi Pridiphanomyong 31 rented to three men, presumably all Iranian. Shortly afterwards, the three left in a hurry.
One of them tried to stop a taxi and when the driver refused to take him, the man threw a bomb, badly damaging the taxi and injuring the driver.
The man fled until he reached the front of Kasempithaya School on Soi 71 where he apparently became unnerved at the sight of policemen. He threw a bomb, but it apparently bounced off a a passing pickup truck, fell next to him and exploded, blowing off both his legs. Three others, all Thais, were injured in the blasts.
The man has been identified as Saeid Moradi and he is said to be in a very critical condition at Chulalongkorn Hospital.
Thai police also say they may have caught a second Iranian involved in the bombing incidents. His name is Mohammad Hazaei and he was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport.
There is obviously a lot of speculation surrounding the incident, but let's wait for tomorrow morning when we will, hopefully, have a lot more information.
Adapted from an online Bangkok Post report and TV news reports
bomb disposal – getting rid of bombs or making bombs harmless การเก็บกู้ระเบิด
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
assure – to tell someone that something is true or will definitely happen ให้ความมั่นใจ, ยืนยัน
thunder – the sudden loud noise which comes from the sky especially during a storm ฟ้าร้อง
centre of attention – someone or something that people are most
initial – early; first เบื้องต้น
suggest – to show that something is possibly true ชวนคิด
suicide – the action of deliberately killing yourself การฆ่าตัวตาย
plot – a secret plan to do something bad แผนการลับ
presumably – used for saying that you think something is true based on what you know, although you are not really certain น่าเป็นไปได้, ซึ่งพอเป็นจริงได้
refuse – to say you will not do something that someone has asked you to do ปฏิเสธ
fled (past of flee) – escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there หนีไป
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
unnerved – feeling nervous or frightened or losing confidence ตกใจ, เสียขวัญ
bounce – to move quickly away from a surface that an object has just hit กระเด้งจาก, เด้งจาก
identified – named ระบุชื่อ
critical condition – very seriously ill or injured and might die อาการหนัก
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
obviously – clearly เห็นได้ชัด, อย่างชัดแจ้ง
speculation – ideas or discussion about what might happen or has happened or why something has happened without having complete information การคาดการณ์