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02 Aug 2019 | 07:31 AM UTC

Thailand: Investigation ongoing in Bangkok following bombings August 2 /update 1

Thailand News Alert

A police investigation is ongoing in Bangkok after at least six suspected explosive devices detonated at three locations in the city on August 2

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/2/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/3/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

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Event

At least six small explosive devices reportedly detonated across Bangkok on the morning (local time) of Friday, August 2. According to initial police reports, the incidents occurred at three separate locations. Three devices exploded at the Government Complex in Chaeng Wattana while a fourth failed to detonated. Another two explosions occurred near the Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain station. Suspicious objects were also reported near the BTS Sala Daeng station. At least three people suffered minor shrapnel wounds from the blasts at the government building. An investigation into the blasts is ongoing; no group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings. A heightened security presence is expected throughout the city in the coming hours.

Context

The reports of explosions on August 2 come a day after Thai police found two fake bombs near the venue of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting on Thursday, August 1. According to police officials, the suspicious boxes did not contain explosive material and it is unclear if the ASEAN forum was the target of the hoax.

Advice

Individuals in Bangkok are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant, report any suspicious objects or behavior to the police, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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