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UPDATED: Bomb Blast At Erawan Shrine In Bangkok Kills 20, 125 Injured

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The death toll following the bombing at the Erawan Shrine at the Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok has so far left 20 dead and another 125 injured.

The latest from police and military spokespeople say a bomb, with around 3Kgs of TNT, was placed under a bench within the shrine and it exploded around 6.55pm on Monday evening.

The force of the blast left motorbikes and cars at the busy intersection ablaze. CCTV footage captured the moment the bomb exploded sending those around running for cover and leaving twelve dead at the scene and dozens more injured.

As yet, there are no confirmed numbers on the nationalities of those killed or injured although many of the hospital lists show what appears to be the names of many Chinese. Thai media reports suggest most of the deceased are foreigners.

Updated Tuesday 18th 10.30am:: Nationalities of victims. Thai (5), China (2), Hong Kong (2), Malaysia (2), Singapore (1), Unknown (8)

Two other devices were found close by which turned out to be dummy bombs following inspection by bomb disposal teams. Soldiers and police were deployed to check other high-risk locations across Bangkok including Silom, Pathumwan, Thonglor and Sukhumvit Road. There have been no reports of any devices found at these or any other locations in the capital.

The PM has not declared a state of emergency or ordered schools and businesses closed Tuesday as was being falsely reported on social media. However, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced that all 438 city schools would be closed Tuesday for safety reasons.

Ratchaprasong Intersection will be closed to traffic until noon Tuesday for evidence collection with malls in the area open as normal. The Skywalk between the BTS Chidlom and Siam stations will remain closed until further notice.

The Thai government and foreign embassies have issued statements asking for people to remain calm and be vigilant, with some nations advising their citizens to avoid the Ratchaprasong area.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack that was obviously carried out with the sole intention of killing both Thais and foreigners.

Dashcam footage of the blast

The Erawan shrine is located at a busy junction and a popular place of worship for both Thais and tourists. It sits close to many top hotels, shopping malls and offices.



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Soldiers Patrol Burmese Border Amid Covid-19 Spike

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Soldiers Patrol Burmese Border Amid Covid-19 Spike

Soldiers are now patrolling the border with Burma looking for people trying to enter Thailand illegally amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the neighbouring country.

Dozens of Burmese workers have been caught in recent weeks trying to enter illegally across the rivers and dense jungle in Chiang Rai in the north of the country.

Officials fear that they could bring fresh cases of the coronavirus into the country.

Footage shows military personnel walking through the area to deter illegal entrants and catch any who have made it into the country.



Burma, now also known as Myanmar, has recorded 4,467 cases of Covid-19 and 70 deaths.

Thailand closed its borders on March 22 and government chiefs are now torn between keeping them closed and stopping the spread of the virus, or re-opening to international visitors to stimulate the tourism-reliant economy, which accounted for up to 20 per cent of GBP in 2019.



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Heavy Rain From Typhoon Noul Batters The North

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Heavy Rain From Typhoon Noul Batters The North

Heavy rain from the approaching Typhoon Noul battered Ubon Ratchathani, northern Thailand on Thursday evening.

The storm, which slammed into Vietnam’s central coast after strengthening as it crossed over the South China Sea, brought strong winds and heavy rain to parts of Thailand.

It is expected to continue to move west into Laos and northern Thailand, where severe rain and flooding have been predicted over the weekend. The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting is Vietnam warned of winds of up to 160 kilometres per hour.

The Thailand National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting also warned of floods and damage from the typhoon.





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Prisoner Caught On CCTV Escaping From Jail In Guards Uniform

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Prisoner Caught On CCTV Escaping From Jail In Phetchabun

A prisoner who walked right out the front door of Phetchabun prison dressed as a guard was arrested a couple of hours after making his great escape this afternoon.

Wutthichai Dechasitthanwat, 35, had been remanded in custody since July while waiting for a court case for seven charges of theft.

However, the suspect feared he would receive a long sentence and hatched a plan to escape from the jail in Phetchabun, central Thailand.

Wutthichai picked up a guards uniform and cap with a face mask to hide his features. He then completed the look by carrying a clipboard under his arm.

Incredibly, Wutthichai walked out of his cell wearing his disguise and oblivious prison staff opened the front doors for him – straight into the open car park and away to freedom.


The fugitive took a taxi to his house before riding away on his old motorcycle and heading for the north of the country.

Furious prison chiefs realised they had been duped when they checked Wutthichai’s cell later in the afternoon, which sparked a police manhunt.

Officers said they traced a mobile phone signal which lead them to Wutthichai who was hiding in an abandoned house in the same province.

He was arrested – without his disguise – and hauled back to prison where he now faces additional charges of escaping from custody.

Escaping From Jail In Phetchabun

Police Major General Atthasit Sudsanguan said a ”large scale search” had been launched as soon as the prisoner was reported missing.

He added: ”We are now investigating how the prisoner could escape without anybody noticing.

”He said that he acted alone but we will need to be sure that there were no accomplices that helped him.

”We are preparing extra charges against him for breaking out of jail.”



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