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Police: 2 killed in explosion in Bangkok suburb

Police: 2 killed in explosion in Bangkok suburb

At least two people were killed Tuesday in an explosion at a residential building in a suburb of the Thai capital, emergency workers and police said.
The source of the blast was unclear, but a string of small bombings thought to be politically motivated have hit Bangkok and surrounding areas this year.
"From what I heard, it doesn't sound like it was caused by gas canisters or grenades. However, we need some time to investigate and find out the cause," said National Police spokesman Maj. General Prawut Thavornsiri.
The explosion Tuesday evening badly damaged the 5-story house, and two people died at the scene, police Lt. Col. Sakon Faungkrasae said. Some reports said the building had six stories.
TNN cable news channel reported four people were killed and 10 injured.
Dozens of bombings have plagued Bangkok this year, both during anti-government protests from March to May and in the months since the military cleared the streets. Small blasts since July have killed one person and wounded a dozen.
There have been no claims of responsibility for any of the attacks. The government suggests they are part of an anti-government conspiracy, while government opponents accuse the authorities of staging the blasts to justify an ongoing state of emergency in the capital.
The authorities recently warned that stepped-up violence was expected beginning this month, and over the weekend detained 11 men in the northern province of Chiang Mai suspected of training for armed attacks on behalf of a movement to overthrow Thailand's monarchy.
The claim has been met with skepticism by government critics, who feel it is being used to smear the so-called Red Shirt movement whose militant demonstrations earlier this year unsuccessfully demanded that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva call early elections.


Updated : 2021-10-24 09:13 GMT+08:00