Foreigners among 27 dead in Bangkok blast

2015-08-17 16:36
Thai rescue workers carry an injured person after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul, AFP)

Thai rescue workers carry an injured person after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul, AFP)

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WATCH: Chaotic aftermath of Bangkok bombing

2015-08-17 16:02

A bomb on a motorbike exploded outside the Erawan Hindu shrine in central Bangkok late on Monday, said police and a rescue worker. Body parts were scattered across the street after the explosion. Chaos ensued. Watch. WATCH

Bangkok - Several foreigners were among the 27 people killed on Monday when a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded outside a shrine in the Thai capital, media said.

The Nation television said 27 had been killed in the blast at the Erawan Hindu shrine, and other media said at least three foreigners were among them. Most of the injured were tourists from China and Taiwan, media said.

Thai government officials said the attack was aimed at destroying the economy and tourism.

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

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