A bomb exploded at a popular shrine near a key political protest site in central Bangkok on Monday evening, the government said, reportedly killing more than a dozen people and injuring many others.
The bomb exploded inside the Erawan Shrine, and another undetonated bomb was found near the complex, said Maj. Gen. Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak, a spokesman for Thailand’s ruling junta. The shrine is a tourist landmark also popular with Thais.
Thai PBS television said at least 15 people were killed. Weerachon said dozens were injured, and that some foreigners were among the hurt.
The shrine is located at Rajprasong intersection, the center of many contentious political demonstrations in recent years.
Security video showed a powerful flash as the bomb exploded.
“We still don’t know for sure who did this and why,” Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon told reporters.