Onlookers and the police gather at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on Aug 2, 2019.PHOTO: AFPOnlookers and the police gather at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on Aug 2, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

Several small blasts heard in Bangkok, 3 hurt

(Agencies) – Several small explosions were heard in Bangkok in at least three locations on Friday (Aug 2) and police said that two street cleaners and a security guard had been hurt by what appeared to be homemade bombs.

The Thai government confirmed that a number of small “bombing incidents” had taken place as the city hosts a major summit, and urged the public not to panic as police tighten security.  Bangkok is currently hosting a regional security meeting of Asean foreign ministers and their counterparts from world powers including the United States, China and Russia.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was told of the bombing incidents and has ordered an immediate investigation, spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said, adding: “Security measures have been tightened. The public is urged not to panic.”

​Some explosions were heard at a government office and near at least two other sites near central Bangkok. The Nation reported that two explosions took place near the BTS Skytrain Chong Nonsi station. One explosion occurred in front of the King Power Mahanakhon Building near the station and a second in the sidewalk park under the station.

Eyewitnesses said a security guard had been hurt close to the 77-storey King Power Mahanakhon building. The area was partly cordoned off as police searched the area.

Police said the explosions happened at around 7am, at almost the same time as blasts at the Government Complex in Chaeng Wattana.

On Thursday, Thai police said they had found two fake bombs near the venue of the regional security meeting.

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