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Bomb blast at army hospital in Bangkok injures 25 | The Thaiger

BANGKOK: Twenty five people were injured in a bomb blast at an Army hospital in Bangkok yesterday morning.

A police source said an unidentified bomber attached a green vase with artificial flowers to a wall in the reception room of Phramongkutklao Hospital before a homemade bomb exploded there at 10:40am.

Investigators of the Metropolitan Police Bureau obtained a picture of the vase that was taken ten minutes before the explosion, the source added. The picture shows the vase attached to the wall while three people wait in a VIP reception room where military officials and retired officers receive medicine.

The source said the attacker apparently passed among patients to set it up. Staff of the hospital said they did not see the vase earlier.

Police are still checking CCTV footage to try to isolate the attacker.

The bombing was carried out by the same network behind blasts near the National Theater on May 15 and the old Government Lottery Office on April 5, Army commander-in-chief Gen Sitthisart Chalermchai said.

“The three attacks, including the one at Phramongkutklao Hospital, used the same kind of explosives, which are pipe bombs. The same group is behind the three strikes, but I cannot say which group it is at present,” he said.

The attack occurred on the third anniversary of the 2014 coup led by then-Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha, who is now prime minister.

Gen Prayuth has asked the public not to panic and ordered an immediate investigation, government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.

It was initially believed that the explosion may have been caused by a gas leak or a faulty air-conditioner compressor.

However, deputy national police chief Gen Srivara Rangsibhramanakul investigated the scene for about an hour and said that an integrated-circuit timer, pieces of wires and a battery were found at the scene. He condemned the attack, saying that even the insurgents in the far South had never bombed a hospital.

National Human Rights Commissioner Angkhana Neelapaijit also denounced the attack, saying it was an inhumane act. She said she was truly upset that the attackers had chosen to target a hospital.

“Although Phramongkutklao Hospital is an Army hospital, it treats everybody without discrimination. It does not treat only Army officers,” she said.

Ms Angkhana said that if the attack was planned to mark the third anniversary of the coup, it should be regarded as an unspeakable act of terror because a hospital should not be the target of conflicts.

“Even during war time, hospitals, medical personnel and innocent people are protected. I want to condemn the attack which absolutely violated international human rights laws. These acts are brutal and inhumane,” she said.

Of the 25 people injured, eight were still in hospital yesterday, including one in serious condition, according to the Army Medical Department. One woman reportedly needed surgery to remove shrapnel from her face.

— The Nation



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Newborn baby dumped beside garbage bins

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A newborn baby has been found abandoned near rubbish bins in Chon Buri province, south-east of Bangkok, earlier today.

18 year old city sanitation worker, Anucha Boonkhai, has told police that he had loaded garbage from all the bins on Soi 4 of Ban Kao village in Tambon Ban Kao, Muang district, when he spotted a pile of towels. He checked and found a baby boy, whose umbilical cord was still attached still smudged with blood, wrapped in one of the towels.

The baby was alive but had been bitten by mosquitoes and insects so he called an emergency unit of a hospital and then informed police.

Police are now checking footage from security and CCTV cameras in the area to try to identify the mother or person who had dumped the newborn baby.

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Summer storms leave 6,900 homes damaged this month

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More than 6,900 houses, mostly in a patch through the central-north regions of Thailand, have been hit by summer storms since the beginning of April, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

Chayapol Thitisak, the director-general, says the department has received reports that 6,940 houses in 1,010 villages in 307 tambon of 115 districts had been damaged by storms since April 5. Twenty-nine provinces have been affected.

He said nine villagers were reported injured during the period as a result of storm damage.

Chayapol said his department has coordinated with Army bases and government agencies concerned to provide help to the affected villagers.

The summer storms, quickly developing tropical storm-cells, are prevalent this time of the year, usually when cooler air from China starts to interact with the rising south-western monsoon. They can be quite violent, sudden and bring strong winds, torrential rain and even hail.

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Third runway for BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport

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The Thai cabinet yesterday approved the construction of a third runway at Suvarnabhumi International Airport as part of the country’s ambition to become the aviation hub of ASEAN.

The 21.7 billion baht project will increase the combined capacity of Suvarnabhumi international airport’s runways to 94 arrivals and departures per hour from the current 64, said Lt-Gen Weerachon Sukonthapatipak, deputy government spokesman.

Suvarnabhumi Airport (aka. BKK) was opened in 2006 as Bangkok’s second airport. Initially it replaced the tired Don Mueang Airport but Don Mueang was later revamped as a low-coast airport to service the growing traffic demands.

Meanwhile Suvarnabhumi Airport was, and still is, operating above its designed capacity. An earlier bid to build a third terminal has been mired in controversy and is currently shelved pending a new brief from Airports of Thailand with a new round of design bids called for in the future.

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