No reports of South Africans in Bangkok blast - govt

2015-08-17 17:22
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Johannesburg - There have been no reports of South Africans injured or killed in the explosion at a shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, the Department of International Relations said on Monday.

"We have not been informed of any South African casualties in that incident," spokesperson Nelson Kgwete told News24.

"If there are any South Africans involved, the embassy [in Thailand] will inform us."

Reuters reported that several foreigners were among the 27 people killed when a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded outside the Erawan Hindu shrine in Bangkok on Monday.

Most of the injured were reportedly tourists from China and Taiwan.

"The perpetrators intended to destroy the economy and tourism because the incident occurred in the heart of the tourism district," Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told Reuters.

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