Luckily there was no casualties signaled this time following the explosion of a bomb device at Thaksin Bridge on the Chao Praya River. According to the Bangkok Post, the device exploded around 1:20 pm in a nearby parking lot to the Pier where tourists generally board boats to cruise along the River. The damage was minimal as the bomb exploded in the water. Police forces arrived rapidly on spot and closed Sathorn Road to traffic.
Earlier today, the Thai government indicated to have identified a man on video cameras who could work for the opposition party, the now-banned red shirt movement. Others indicate that it could be retaliation measures against Chinese following Thailand’s recent deportation of 100 Ulguir people to China last July. China is regularly slamming Ulguir as Islamist fundamentalists. Both Erawan Shrine and the Ferry Station at Thaksin Bridge are popular gathering areas for Chinese.Thaksin Bridge ferry station is the main access to ASIATIQUE the Riverfront shopping and entertainment district. It also provides connections to the Skytrain station.
Asian countries start to issue warning against travelling into Thailand. Hong Kong is the first to ask its citizens to avoid travelling to Bangkok if not necessary. Singapore and Malaysia ask their citizens to exert caution.
Meanwhile, additional security measures including army and police patrolling are implemented in Bangkok main attractions as well as in popular destinations such as Pattaya, Phuket, floating markets in Rachaburi as well as in Northern Thailand.