March 4, 2021

At least four injured when several homemade bombs exploded in Bangkok

At least four people were injured this Friday after the explosion of several small-scale homemade bombs in different parts of Bangkok, where a political forum of foreign ministers of the region and external partners such as the United States, China and the European Union is held , incidents that are being investigated by the authorities.

Police told Efe that two people were injured in the morning when a homemade gadget exploded on Rama 9 Avenue, which the agents associated with a possible confrontation between bands of students, while two others were injured at the subway stop. Chong Nonsi elevated and in a nearby parking lot.

These explosions occurred just before the conference of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Thai capital in the framework of the meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its external partners, including China and the European Union.

About two hours earlier, other low-power bombs exploded at the Chaeng Wattana government complex, without causing injuries according to initial investigations.

The detonations occurred the day after a bomb threat in front of a police headquarters in Bangkok, where the ASEAN meeting is closed this Friday.

In a statement, the Thai government said it is investigating the explosions and asked the population to avoid "panic" scenes and that the press does not draw hasty conclusions before the police investigations are concluded.

"In relation to the bombs this morning, I would like to condemn those who are behind because they are damaging the peace and image of the country. I have ordered the authorities to ensure public safety and for those who have been affected by the incidents ", the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha wrote in a tweet.

Prayut, leader of the coup d'etat of 2014, was appointed prime minister last June after winning the March elections and dissolved the military board the following month to start a new mandate endorsed at the polls but also between allegations of harassment to dissidents and the opposition.

No group has claimed the attacks, which are similar to other explosions that have occurred in recent years amid the political upheavals in the country.

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