Bangkok, Bomb Blast at Hospital Wounded 24 People Monday
A bomb blast at a hospital in the Thai capital, Bangkok, wounded 24 people Monday, the 3rd Anni of the Y 2014 military coup.
There was no claim of responsibility for the blast at the Phramongkutklao Hospital, which is popular with soldiers and their families and retired military officers.
“It was a bomb. We found the pieces that were used to make the bomb,” Kamthorn Aucharoen, commander of the police’s explosive ordnance team, told Reuters, adding it was not clear who was behind the attack.
“Right now, authorities are checking out closed circuit cameras,” Kamthorn said.
Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said 24 people were wounded. Most of the wounded were hit by flying glass, the military’s national security unit said.
Suspicion is likely to focus either on political dissidents opposed to military rule or Muslim separatists based in the south of the predominately Buddhist country.
Soldiers cordoned off the hospital’s entrance, a Reuters reporter at the scene said.
Deputy national police chief General Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul said the bomb had been hidden in a container by the entrance of a pharmacy.
Since the coup, the junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order, has clamped down on dissent and ramped up prosecutions under sedition and royal defamation laws.
The military has always played a prominent role in Thai life, but since the coup military men more entrenched than before.
An election is due by the end of next year.
The blast comes weeks after a car bomb at a shopping center in the province of Pattani, near Thailand’s border with Malaysia, which wounded 61 people, and which authorities blamed on the Muslim terrorists.
The far south of Thailand, which includes Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces, is home to a long-running radical Muslim separatists.
On 15 May a bomb went off near the National Theater in Bangkok’s Old Quarter, wounding 2 people. It was not clear who was behind the bomb.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said it condemned the hospital attack as “a cruel and inhumane action which grossly violates human rights,” Sunai Phasuk, the group’s senior Thailand researcher Tweeted.