Two Small Explosions In Front Of Siam Paragon

Published on 2nd February 2015 by Stickboy BKK

Two Small Explosions In Front Of Siam Paragon

Two improvised devices, most likely homemade pipe bombs, exploded outside Siam Paragon on the walkway leading to the BTS station at around 8pm on Sunday night.

The small blasts caused only minor damage and there were no reported injuries in an attack which police said was aimed at raising tension. (Update Monday 2nd Feb 9am: Media now reporting one man slightly injured, however, no further details available)

“There were improvised explosive devices detonated by a digital clock,” said Police Lieutenant General Prawut Thawonrsiri, head spokesman for the Royal Thai Police.

He added that he believed the motive for the attack appeared was to create panic rather than kill anyone.

Thai media reported the devices were placed behind power transformers on the elevated walkway linking the skytrain to Siam Paragon mall.

The BTS suspended services at the Siam station at 8.10 pm, just after the first explosion occurred, with services back to normal by 8.40pm.

damage to BTS Siam

My impression without all the sensationalism is that this was indeed intended to do nothing more than cause panic as seen by the choice of location, the fact there were no injuries and the at the time of publishing, two suspects captured on CCTV.

I’m not here to speculate who was behind it.

All I will say is that it wont change my daily routine or stop me going anywhere. I have lived elsewhere in the world where “cigarette packet bombs” exploding were a common occurrence. I am not here to advise what others should do, only to share news and information I believe to be true allowing readers to make their own informed decisions.

(Photo @Mekza)

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