Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha today called yesterday’s Bangkok bomb attack the worst every on the Kingdom of Thailand. He called an urgent war room meeting with Cabinet members and security agencies at the Government House.
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said before the meeting that the perpetrators of the bomb blast had planned it before hand. The motive behind the attack is not confirmed at this time.
Prayut Chan-o-cha is a retired Thai army officer who is now the Prime Minister of Thailand and head of the National Council for Peace and Order, a military junta.
Thai authorities confirmed the nationality of 18 victims among the 22 killed in yesterday’s bomb attack at the Erawan shrine in downtown Bangkok.
It includes 2 Malaysians, 1 Singaporean, 2 Chinese and 2 Hong Kong and one Filipino. tourists. In addition 10 Thais are among the dead.
Hong Kong in the meantime raised the travel warning for Thailand to red, advising residents to avoid non-essential travel.
More updates are expected during the day. More than 120 victims are currently in local hospitals.
eTN talked to the Grand Hyatt Hotel Erawan located next to the explosion.
The hotel confirmed all hotel guests and hotel workers are accounted for and they are well. The hotel is waving all cancellation fees for bookings in the near future.