BANGKOK — A bomb wounded 24 people at a military-owned hospital in Bangkok on Monday, the third anniversary of the army’s seizing power in Thailand.
The attack struck Phramongkutklao Hospital, leaving three people with shrapnel wounds to the face and neck, with most of the others suffering minor injuries, said Maj. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, a government spokesman.
“It was a bomb. We found the pieces that were used to make the bomb,” Kamthorn Aucharoen, commander of the police’s explosive ordnance team, said.
“Right now, authorities are checking out closed circuit cameras.”
The deputy commissioner of the Royal Thai Police said investigators found traces of batteries and wires at the blast site and that the blast radius was up to 3m.
It comes just weeks after a double explosion at a shopping centre in Pattani, southern Thailand, injured at least 50 people.
A suspected car bomb was detonated at the entrance to the Big-C shopping centre in downtown Pattani on 9 May, a province that has suffered waves of secessionist violence since 2004.
A first bomb was detonated inside the building, followed by a second explosion outside the centre, which targeted shoppers running from the first blast.