Bangkok explosion: Bomb kills at least 12 in Thailand.

Bomb Kills at Least 12 in Central Bangkok

Bomb Kills at Least 12 in Central Bangkok

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Aug. 17 2015 10:55 AM

Bomb Kills at Least 12 in Central Bangkok

The site of Monday's bomb explosion near a Hindu shrine in Bangkok.

Chaiwat Subprason/Reuters

At least 12 people have died after a bomb attack in central Bangkok near a Hindu shrine popular with tourists, reports say. Initial accounts indicate the bomb was possibly attached to a motorcycle or electric pole.

Surveillance video of the explosion, via Mashable:


The aftermath:


Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack and officials have not identified any specific suspects. Slate's Josh Keating wrote recently that while large-scale political violence is relatively rare in Thailand, the country is nonetheless "sharply polarized," with power exchanged in frequent coups. (Thailand, at least ostensibly, is a constitutional monarchy.)

The large majority of Thai citizens are Buddhists, though Hindu imagery and influences are apparently ubiquitous; the BBC says the Hindu shrine near the explosion is "visited by thousands of Buddhists each day."