Explosion at Bangkok hospital: Dozen or more injured

Aaron Brown
May 22, 2017

A bomb at a hospital in the Thai capital wounded 24 people on Monday, the third anniversary of a 2014 military coup, the government said, with the army chief blaming groups opposed to the junta.

Pol General Srivara Rangsibhramanakul was speaking after investigating the explosion scene at a reception room for retired army officials at Phramongkutklao Hospital in Rajthevi district.

Police in Thailand say 24 people have been injured in a bomb blast.

Thailand remains starkly divided since the May 22, 2014 coup, but dissent has broadly been silenced by a military with sweeping security powers.

Phramongkutklao is a military-run hospital that is also open to civilians.

A government spokesman said three people received serious shrapnel injuries to the face and neck, but most of the victims had minor wounds. The deputy commissioner of the Royal Thai Police said investigators found traces of batteries and wires at the scene Monday.

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"Right now, authorities are checking out closed circuit cameras".

The small device - which police said was potentially deadly - went off near the VIP section of King Mongkut hospital as patients and their families waited for prescriptions, shattering glass and sending smoke into the corridors.

Srivara condemned the attack at the hospital, saying even the southern insurgents have never attacked a hospital.

The military has always played a prominent role in Thai life but since the coup it has become embedded in society.

The blast comes weeks after a vehicle bomb at a shopping centre in the province of Pattani, near Thailand's border with Malaysia, which wounded 61 people, and which authorities blamed on Muslim insurgents.

Monday's explosion comes one week after another blast outside Bangkok's National Theatre in the heart of its historic quarters.

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