Bangkok explosion: Second blast in Bangkok, no injuries reported, say police

Police Senior Sgt. Maj. Worapong Boonthawee says an explosive device was thrown from the Taksin Bridge on Tuesday afternoon and blew up at Sathorn Pier after falling into the Chao Phraya River below. "There is no injury," he says.

By: AP | Bangkok | Updated: August 19, 2015 10:07:34 am
Bangkok, Bangkok blast, Bangkok bomb blast, Bangkok explosion, Bangkok news, Bangkok terrorist attack, Bangkok temple blast, World news Bangkok blast: Police use a magnetic tool as they examine debris in front of the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, as investigations continue the morning after an explosion. Police combed through shattered glass and other debris Tuesday from a bomb blast in central Bangkok, trying to determine who set off the most devastating single attack in the capital’s recent history. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

A day after Bangkok’s deadly bomb attack that killed 27 and injured 123 others, Thailand police reported a second explosion in the capital, this time at a ferry pier but with no injuries.

Police Senior Sgt. Maj. Worapong Boonthawee says an explosive device was thrown from the Taksin Bridge on Tuesday afternoon and blew up at Sathorn Pier after falling into the Chao Phraya River below. “There is no injury,” he says. Security camera footage shows a sudden blast of water dousing people on a walkway at the pier, as bystanders ran for safety.

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According to the Bangkok Post, police went to the scene and closed Sathorn Road to traffic. Divers were soon deployed, who went into the water to recover any surviving pieces of the device.

Thai authorities on Tuesday launched a hunt for a male “suspect” who may have left a bomb inside the hugely popular Lord Brahma temple in a crowded area in central Bangkok that killed at least 27 people and injured 123 others. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said there is a male suspect who appeared on CCTV near the scene of the blast. “We are looking for this guy,” he said.

He called an urgent war room meeting with Cabinet members and security agencies at Government House. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said that the perpetrators had used few people to commit the incident. He said the motive behind the blast has yet to be concluded. Thai Army chief Gen Udomdej Seetabutr told local media that security officials had obtained video footages at the bomb explosion scene which clearly showed a suspect carrying a bag into the scene before it went off.

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