Explosions at Thai tourist seaside resort kills 1 injures 22

At least one person is dead and 22 more are injured after two explosions late Thursday at a Thai tourist resort, officials said.

According to Police Commander Kasana Jamswang of Prachuap Kiri Khan Province Police, two blasts occurred shortly before midnight at the popular Thai tourist resort of Hua Hin, 198 kilometers south of Bangkok.

Kasana told reporters that one Thai vendor was dead and four more were in critical condition. At least 22 people have been sent to hospital with injuries.

Kasana say police are not treating the blast as an accident and will be sending in Explosive Ordinance Disposal Units (EODs) to investigate.

"At this point, we can't comment on motive because the area was populated by tourists and locals alike," he said. "What we can do right now is secure the area and find out more information."

The Hua Hin mayor's office ordered the closure of all entertainment venues after the blast and asked people to either return home or shelter in place.

Edwin Wiek, a resident of Hua Hin who was at the scene, told dpa by phone that there were foreign tourists among the injured.

"There were five foreign tourists among the injured," he said. "I've lived in Hua Hin over 20 years and have never seen anything like this."

Wiek said the blasts occurred at an intersection with many bars that are frequented by locals and foreign tourists alike.

The Hua Hin attacks come hours after a bomb attack in the southern province of Trang, 850 kilometers south of Bangkok.

The explosions come one day before the long weekend celebrating the Queen's birthday, which is also Mother's Day to Thais.

Many Thais either return home or make their way to spend the extended break at seaside resorts like Hua Hin.

The blast comes less than a week after a nationwide constitutional referendum run by the military government, which saw a military-drafted constitution approved by the populace.

Last update: Thu, 11/08/2016 - 21:09
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