At least 19 dead after bomb blast rocks Thailand capital

At least 19 people have been killed after a bomb tore through central Bangkok on Monday night in an attack authorities believe was meant to target foreigners.

The blast occurred about 6.30pm (2130 AEST) on Monday when the streetside Erawan Shrine close to upscale shopping malls was packed with worshippers and tourists.

Initial reports suggest around 4 foreigners may be among the dead, although their nationalities are yet to be confirmed.


More than 120 people have also been wounded, many of them tourists who were visiting a popular religious shrine that was the target of the attack.

Whoever laid the device would have known the blast would kill and maim both locals and tourists alike, dealing a further blow to an already struggling economy where tourism has been one of the few bright spots.

The blasts came just hours after fresh economic data showed Thailand’s economy had slowed in the second quarter.

Tourism, which accounts for 10 per cent of the country’s GDP, was one of the few positive growth areas.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, however, and it was unclear immediately who was responsible.

A government spokesman said it was too early to speculate on who was behind the attack.