1 wounded in Grenade blast in Bangkok

A grenade exploded near a Bangkok shopping mall on early Friday, injuring one person and rattling the Thai capital less than a week after a similar blast left a bystander dead and several more hospitalised.

Authorities have declined to speculate if the explosions are linked to the country’s ongoing political turbulence.

The latest grenade was hidden in a garbage bag and placed alongside other trash bags in front of a residential building opposite the King Power duty-free shopping centre in the Din Daeng neighbourhood of Bangkok, said police captain Nitti Niruttiwat. It exploded at 1.30 am and seriously injured a bystander, he said.

“The bomb squad found the safety pin of a grenade amid the debris at the crime scene and the area was reeking with petrol,” he told the Associated Press, adding that investigators had not yet determined how the blast was triggered.

On Sunday, a grenade exploded near a bus stop in another part of downtown Bangkok, killing one person and wounding 10. No one has
claimed responsibility for either blast.

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