Bangkok rocked by deadly blast at religious shrine

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A bomb has exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok, killing at least 12 people and wounding many more. Body parts were scattered across the street after the explosion outside the Erawan Shrine in the central Chidlom district of the Thai capital.

“All I can say now is there has been an explosion in central Bangkok involving a motorcycle bomb,” deputy national police chief Aek Angsananond told Reuters. He said there had been fatalities, but could not confirm details.

A policeman at the scene and a rescue worker told Reuters 12 people had been killed in the blast, which happened at about 7pm local time (12.00pm GMT). Local media put the number of injured at 20.

A witness said she saw pieces of human flesh near the blast site, and a soldier later told onlookers to move back, saying they were checking for a second bomb.

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