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Bomb blast at army hospital in Bangkok injures 25

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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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Humanitarian aid provided to Chinese man swindled by condo broker

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Humanitarian aid provided to Chinese man swindled by condo broker | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Tourist Police Bureau

The Shirrine Clinic at Chamchuri Square shopping centre in Bangkok this week offered 10,000 baht cash and other necessary items to a Chinese man who was left penniless after a condominium broker in Bangkok had allegedly swindled him out of almost one million baht.

A case against the suspect is being handled by Phra Khanong police.

The Chinese victim and his baby boy are in trouble as he is also suffering from cancer.

After learning about his the plight of the Chinese victim on the Tourist Police Bureau’s Facebook page and other Thai media, Shirrine Clinic immediately contacted tourist police to provide humanitarian assistance to the Chinese man and his child.

SOURCE:  Tourist Police Bureau

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Chronically ill man jumps to his death from Bangkok apartment

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A 66 year old man who lived alone and suffered from chronic ailments has been found dead outside a 15 floor apartment building in Bangkok’s Bang Sue district.

It is believed he committed suicide by jumping from the rooftop this morning.

Taopoon police were alerted at 11am that Charn Wanngern died after he fell to the ground in front of the entrance to Building A of Taopoon Mansion.

Police found a suicide note in the man’s room on the 15th floor. No foul play is suspected in the man’s death.

The note also had the mobile phone number of his close friend. Police called him and learned from the friend that Charn used to own a cabaret troupe in Silom and he recently fell and had been suffering from chronic aliments since.

Charn needed to see a doctor regularly and the friend had to take him to his hospital as he lived alone. The friend said he had a schedule to take Charn to see his doctor this Friday.

Police said Charn’s room was on the west side but he fell from the east side of the building so he likely went up to the roof and jumped down.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Man arrested over 50 million baht scam

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A man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding around 100 stock market investors of about 50 million baht.

Pol Lt Gen Suchate Hakparn, the Immigration Bureau chief who also heads the economic crime centre, says 52 year old Jittaraphon Nisarat was arrested on Tuesday at his apartment in Bangkok’s Phra Khanong district.

Surachate says Jittaraphon was arrested under a warrant issued by the Criminal Court on Friday.

Jittaraphon was accused of collaborating with two other accomplices to convince over 100 victims to invest in their company with a promise of a 10 per cent yield per month for their investment. The investors were asked to invest at least 300,000 baht.

The investors were told that Jittaraphon’s company would invest in the Wall Street stock market for profits in short sales.

Surachate said the investors received the promised returns for just the first three or four months but Jittaraphon then stopped paying the yields and closed his company and disappeared.

Surachate said police are still hunting for the two accomplices, 40 year old Sorachat Klamsaeng and 34 year old Pirayuth Arj-amnuay.

SOURCE: The Nation

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