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Thailand: Explosion kills 22 people in Bangkok


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Eight foreigners are among some 22 people killed in an explosion late Monday near a popular tourist site in Thailand's capital Bangkok.VOA reported that the blast hit central Bangkok's commercial Ratchaprasong intersection, close to the open-air Erawan Hindu shrine leaving more than 120 wounded.

VOA also reported that the explosion targeted an area that draws tourists and shoppers with five-star hotels and upscale stores. Surveillance cameras caught the moment the bomb went off as cars and motorcycles passed through the busy corner.

Arriving at the scene shortly after the explosion, VOA correspondent Steve Herman saw bodies covered in white sheets and human remains strewn on the street.VOA says the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok is usually packed with tourists and Thais, making offerings at a statue that is the Thai representation of Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. At that time of the evening, there would be hundreds of people in the area, Herman reportedly said.

VOA says no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, the worst violence in the capital since weeks of clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in 2010 resulted in more than 90 deaths.

Thailand has  reportedly suffered a low-level Islamic insurgency in three southern provinces since 2004, but that violence has rarely spread north. The country's turbulent political climate over the past decade led to a military takeover last year. Since then the military-led government has kept a tight grip on power.