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Bombs Rock Bangkok

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

There were no other immediate reports of injuries.

Thai police said they were investigating the cause of the explosions. Police reported loud sounds similar to bomb explosions twice at the Chong Nonsi BTS station about 8.50am and closed two exits for safety reasons.

Photos on Twitter showed a sheet of glass on the station platform was shattered.

Police also cordoned off the area near the two exits to examine the cause of the sounds.

Police also reported loud explosions heard in Soi 57/1 on Rama 9 road, injuring two City Hall road cleaners at 8.50am, one loud explosion heard outside a King Power shop on Mahanakhon Building near the same BTS station at 9am and three explosions heard near the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road at the same time.

Bangkok is currently hosting a regional security meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their counterparts from world powers including the United States, China and Russia.

A senior police officer said two street cleaners were injured by what appeared to have been a homemade bomb in the Suan Luang district.

On Thursday, Thai police said they had found two fake bombs near the venue of the regional security meeting. The packages prompted a brief security scare but were quickly deemed harmless. It was unclear whether the meeting was the target.

Police said two men had been arrested in connection with the fake bombs.

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are attending the forum along with other regional and global officials. AGENCIES

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