Bangkok blast: Death toll mounts to 15, cops look for possible second bomb

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Explosion-in-central-BangkoA huge bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on Monday, killing at least 12 people and wounding scores more. There are reports that there is a second bomb near the blast site.

According to BBC, 12 people have been killed in the explosion. The casualties can rise, reports say.

Body parts were scattered across the street after the bomb went off outside the Erawan Shrine in the downtown Chidlom district of the Thai capital.

“I can confirm it was a bomb, we can’t tell which kind yet, we are checking,” national police spokesman Lietenant General Prawut Thavornsiri told AFP.

“Our initial findings are it is a bomb inside the shrine,” Thailand’s police chief Chakthip Chijinda told Channel 9 television.

“We are checking to see if there is a second bomb,” he said.

The entire area has been cordoned off by the cops.

Thai authorities have briefed the Prime Minister about the blast.