Explosions Rock Bangkok Business District, Dozens Hurt

Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok was thrown into chaos again as several explosions hit the business district, wounding more than 50 people, reports said. Local media reported that the series of blasts occurred near an area where both anti-government and pro-government protesters were converging. A large number of soldiers were also in the area, which has been under heavy security as the government tries to contain protesters who are calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the explosions were caused by M-79 grenades. Most of the explosions occurred near prominent establishments in the business district, including Dusit Thani Hotel and the headquarters of agribusiness giant Charoen Pokphand Group. Most of the injured were hit by shrapnel, hospital officials said.

The incident is the latest violent event that has marred the weeks-long protests by the mostly rural poor protesters and supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Aside from demanding Prime Minister Abhisit’s ouster, the protesters also want the current government dissolved and new elections called.