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One dead, 10 wounded in Bangkok bomb blast

A bomb exploded at a bus stop in Bangkok killed one person and wounded 10 in an attack that reignited tensions two months after the end of deadly opposition protests.



Bangkok: A bomb exploded at a bus stop
in central Bangkok on Sunday, killing one person and wounding 10
in an attack that reignited tensions two months after the end
of deadly opposition protests.

The explosion came hours after polls closed in a
closely watched by-election in the capital, with initial
results suggesting a leader of the "Red Shirt" anti-government
movement had lost to a member of the elite-backed ruling
party.

The bomb went off in the early evening at a bus
stop in front of a supermarket in the same central shopping
district occupied by the Red Shirts during their
two-month-long mass rally, which ended with an army crackdown
in May.

"It was an attempt to injure innocent people," said
government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn.
"The authorities will have to increase preventative
measures," he added, without elaborating.

The victim was a 51-year-old man who died in hospital,
an official at the Erawan emergency centre said.

The scene of the attack was sealed off by police and
forensic experts were seen collecting wires and small
batteries at the site.

The blast appeared to have been caused by a small time
bomb "designed to create fear," a soldier at the scene said.

The explosion shattered an uneasy calm that had
returned to the capital since the military crushed the Red
Shirts` two-month-long mass protests with an assault on their
sprawling encampment in the heart of the capital.

Thai society remains deeply divided following the
political violence, in which 90 people died and about 1,900
were injured in a series of street clashes between armed
troops and demonstrators.

After the crackdown, enraged demonstrators torched
major buildings around the capital, including a major shopping
mall near the scene of Sunday`s blast.

PTI

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