Bomb blasts hit Bangkok financial district, more than 40 injured

08:16, April 23, 2010      

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A series of bomb explosions hit Bangkok's financial district Thursday night, injuring more than 40 people, officials and local media reports said.

The Headquarters of Bangkok Bank, Thailand's largest commercial bank, was hit by a bomb Thursday night, leaving more than 20 injured, local media reported.

The blast occurred around 09:00 p.m., following three explosions that hit the third floor of Sala Daeng skytrain station, the sky walk and Dusit Thani hotel, leaving at least 20 injured within less than hour.

After that, ambulances siren were frequently heard.

Sansern Kaewkamnerd, spokesman for the Center for the Resolutions of Emergency Situations or CRES confirmed that the explosions were caused by M-79 grenades.

The blasts occurred just minutes after 08:00 p.m., 500 meters from where the multicolored people were confronting with the "red- shirts" protesters at the Sala Daeng Intersection, the Nation news group said.

Meanwhile, the Civil Court has ordered to temporarily prohibit Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva from using forces to disperse red- shirts protesters.

Late Wednesday night, hundreds of Bangkok residents threw things at "red-shirts" protesters, prompting an attack from the protesters, leaving at least 20 injured, including two foreigners.

Source: Xinhua


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