A bomb blast near a popular shrine in central Bangkok Monday killed at least 19 people and injured more than 120, an attack which Thai authorities described as an attempt to damage the nation’s tourism sector and the broader economy.
The explosion took place at around 7 pm outside the Erawan Shrine, in an area filled with tourists and office workers. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Two Hong Kong women aged 19 and 24 were among those dead in the blast, according to Hong Kong’s Immigration Department.
The department also said that it has received requests for assistance involving six injured people. The injured have been taken to a hospital in Bangkok for treatment.
According to RHTK, a 19-year-old female named Chan Wing-yan was sent to hospital at around 8 pm on Monday, but she passed away an hour later. Hospital officials found a Hong Kong Identity card in her handbag.
The Immigration Department said it will rush three officers to Thailand Tuesday morning to render assistance to those injured and other Hong Kong residents there.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the bombers had “targeted foreigners… to damage tourism and the economy”.
“We will hunt them down,” the BBC quoted the minister as saying.
According to a Thai media report, three kilograms of TNT had been stuffed in a pipe at the shrine and an electronic circuit suspected to have been used in the attack was found 30 meters from the scene.
Police checked the area for other devices but no further bombs have been found, the Bangkok Post reported.
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