Bombs found at BTS station, other areas in Bangkok
published : 2 Aug 2019 at 10:15
updated: 2 Aug 2019 at 18:49
writer: Wassayos Ngamkham
Loud bangs were heard near a skytrain station and at least three other areas in Bangkok on Friday morning, with two people confirmed injured on Rama IX Road.
Police reported loud sounds similar to bomb explosions twice at the Chong Nonsi BTS station about 8.50am and closed exits 3 and 4 for safety reasons.
Police also cordoned off the ground near the two exits to examine the cause of the noise.
A Twitter message showed a sheet of glass on the station platform was shattered.
Police also reported loud bangs in Soi 57/1 on Rama IX road, injuring two city road cleaners at 8.50am, one loud bang outside the King Power MahaNakhon tower near the same BTS station at 9am, and three bangs near the Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road at the same time. Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) police are at the scene.
At 12.08pm, a "suspicious object" was found at the Sala Daeng BTS station, just one station away from the Chong Nonsi station where the blasts occurred earlier. The section near Silom Soi 2 was closed. An hour later, EOD police said it was just an empty clock box, not a bomb, and trafic is now normal.
In a tweet at 11.12am, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha condemned those behind the bombing and wrote he had already ordered those responsible to protect the people and take care of affected people in a tweet at 11.12am.
Shares took a hit by the news, with the Stock Exchange of Thailand index down 1.23%, or 20.96, to 1678.79 after the morning session closed on Friday.
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Police at the Government Complex after loud bangs were reported on Friday. (Photo from @js100radio Twitter account)