Second explosion hits Bangkok; video of suspect in deadly bombing released

By Andrew V. Pestano

BANGKOK, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A second, non-lethal explosion has hit Bangkok, Thailand, as video footage has been released of the main suspect in the bombing that killed at least 20 people.

The second explosive device, possibly a grenade, was thrown on Tuesday from the Taksin Bridge, which detonated near the Sathorn Pier after falling into the Chao Phraya River below. Video footage of the blast shows a burst of water as people on a walkway run away for safety.


"There is no injury," Bangkok police senior Sgt. Maj. Worapong Boonthawee said.

The first deadly Bangkok bombing, though, was a grisly scene. A connection between the two bombings has not been established yet.

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The attack occurred near the Erawan Shrine, a sacred site visited by thousands daily dedicated to the Hindu god Brahma and located in front of the Grand Hyatt Erawan, a five-star luxury hotel in the heart of Bangkok's Chidlom district.

Video footage of a man wanted in connection to the bomb blast was released Tuesday. Closed-circuit television footage shows a man in a yellow shirt removing a backpack he was carrying and placing it carefully on the floor inside the shrine. He then leaves the scene moments after.


According to deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the Bangkok bomb blast victim's nationalities include: five people from Thailand, two from Malaysia, two from China, two from Hong Kong, one from Singapore and eight remain unidentified.

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Chaos erupted in the aftermath of the explosion and body parts were scattered everywhere. People who visit the shrine to offer prayers were directly hit by blasts, and charred motorcycles and other vehicles had crowded the intersection.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in Thailand last year in a bloodless coup, said his government will expedite "all investigative efforts to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice."

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