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Small Explosive Device Goes Off On Ratchadamneon

Bangkok, Thu Apr 06 2017
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One of two small pipe bombs exploded on the pavement near the Democracy Monument Wednesday evening. Police also found another homemade bomb in a trash bin in the area which they managed to defuse without incident.

Police said the device had exploded inside a dustbin on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in front of the old Government Lottery Office. Two Bangkok Metropolitan Administration employees were taken to Vajira Hospital with ringing in their ears, but there were no other injuries, police said. The two cleaners later told Chana Songkhram police that the garbage bin simply exploded when they poured litter into it.

Police described the injuries as minor. They said the explosives were likely ping-pong bombs detonated by low-yield gunpowder. “It's not an act of terrorism or an act to stir unrest” national police chief Pol Gen Chaktip Chaijinda said.

The bomb struck on the eve of Thailand’s enactment of the new constitution and a public holiday marking the 235th anniversary of the Chakri Dynasty’s reign.

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