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15 February 2012 :: 13:02:02 pm 62069

Five persons wounded in Sukhumvit explosions

BANGKOK, Feb 14 - Five persons were wounded in three explosions in Bangkok's Sukhumvit 71, involving a foreign national, whose legs were torn off in the incident.
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The man who lost his legs was initially reported to have thrown the bomb into Soi Pridi Panomyong 35 losing both his legs in the process, but there is no explanation as to the man’s purpose.

A photo showed the victim on a sidewalk near a school, his lower body seemingly gone due to an explosion. The police probing the cause of the incidents.

Deputy Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Maj Gen Pisit Pisutthisak said the first bomb occurred at a house, rented by an Iranian national at Soi Pridi Panomyong 31.

Two persons living in the neighbourhood were wounded. They were later identified as Kangwan Horprasartthong and Jutha Sajjakhamwong.

After the explosion, the housed renter called a taxi at Soi Pridi Panomyong 33.

The taxi driver did not pull over to pick him up. The man was angry and threw an explosive device at the vehicle. Taxi driver Sanchai Boonsungnoen and passenger Apichart Khamlue were injured.

The Iranian man then walked to Kasem Pitthaya School in Soi Sukhumvit 71 and saw the police, inspecting the taxi hit by the bomb. He then dropped an explosive device on the ground, causing it to go off, wounding him severely.

The explosion damaged public telephone booths and his bag was scattered. The police car and a pizza shop opposite the school were damaged.

The explosive device was initially believed to be hand grenades. Police later searched the rented house and found C-4 explosive.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra urged the public not to panic and jump to conclusions in response to the explosions.

“Let the police and intelligence agencies carry out their investigation first. The public need not panic because the wrongdoer was detained,” she told reporters while visiting the central province of Nakhon Sawan as part of her five-day trip to observe rehabilitation progress and flood prevention plans.

Police said the second bombing suspect, an Iranian national, has been detained at Suvarnabhumi Airport and transferred for questioning at Klongtan police station.

Report by : MCOT

Category : Thailand News

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