The detonations coincide with the meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the USA, China and the European Union
At least four people were injured this Friday after the explosion of several small-scale homemade bombs in different parts of Bangkok, where a political forum of foreign ministers of the region and external partners such as the United States, China and the European Union is held . The incidents are being investigated by the authorities. No group has claimed the attacks.
Police told Efe that two people were injured when a homemade gadget exploded on Rama 9 Avenue, which agents associated with a possible confrontation between student gangs, while two others were injured at the Chong elevated subway stop Nonsi and in a nearby parking lot.
These explosions occurred just before the conference of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Thai capital in the framework of the meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its external partners, including China and the European Union.
About two hours earlier, other low-power bombs exploded at the Chaeng Wattana government complex, without causing injuries according to initial investigations. The detonations occurred the day after a bomb threat in front of a police headquarters in Bangkok, where the ASEAN meeting is closed this Friday.
In a statement, the Thai government said it is investigating the explosions and asked the population to avoid “panic” scenes and that the press does not draw hasty conclusions before the police investigations are concluded.
“In relation to the bombs this morning, I would like to condemn those who are behind because they are damaging the peace and image of the country. I have ordered the authorities to ensure public safety and for those who have been affected by the incidents “, the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha wrote in a tweet.
Prayut, leader of the coup d’etat of 2014, was appointed prime minister last June after winning the March elections and dissolved the military board the following month to start a new mandate endorsed at the polls. The Prayut government has also had complaints of harassment of dissidents and the opposition.