One dead, eight injured in Bangkok blast

09:16, July 26, 2010      

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At least one dead and eight other were injured in an explosion in downtown Bangkok Sunday as the by-election is going on in this Constituency, the Erawan emergency center said.

The first fatality of the blast is a 50-year-old man who died at Police General Hospital, the center said.

Tawatchai Thongmark died after being seriously injured, the Nation online quoted a hospital doctor as saying.

The explosion occurred at about 05:50 p.m. near the Ratchaprasong Intersection, where the red-shirts movement held a prolonged anti-government rally about two months ago.

A bomb, hidden in a black plastic bag, went off at a bus station in front of Big C supermarket there. Nine people, including a bus driver, were injured. And one of them was seriously wounded, according to the Nation.

Two cars were damaged from the explosion. The police at Lumpini station were investigating.

Shortly after the blast, acting government spokesman Panithan Wattanayakorn said that the bombing showed that Thailand is not in peace and it is necessary to continue imposing the emergency law.

"Although the cause is unclear, bomb with fragment which was placed in an area with many people shows that the group determined to incite violence," the spokesman said. "It is necessary to continue using emergency law, because it makes the work of area control and arrest criminals more efficient."

The bombing occurred as Bangkok's Constituency 6, covering about one third of the capital city, is conducting a by-election for a MP seat, vacant after the death on June 11 of Democrat MP Thiwa Ngernyuang.

Pitting a leader of the red-shirts anti-government movement, detained on terrorism charges, against a member of the ruling Democratic party, the election was seen as a test of public opinion after the red-shirts protests from March 24 to May 19 in Bangkok.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:李牧(实习))

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