BANGKOK — A second bomb attack apparently targeting tourists hit the Thai capital this afternoon, the second such attack in less than 24 hours.
No one was reported injured in the attack which happened at 12:59pm beneath a bridge over Bangkok's Chao Phraya River near a pier frequented by tourists.
An unidentified assailant threw a bomb down from the Saphan Taksin bridge onto a footbridge crowded with pedestrians, apparently missing the target with the bomb landing and exploding in the water, according to video of the attack.
Authorities believe the attacks are linked, National police chief Somyot Pumphanmuang confirmed at a late afternoon news conference.
“We believe that the perpetrators belong to same group," he said. "Right now police are collecting additional evidence and witnesses. Investigators have made "some progress" he said without offering details.
A file photo of a Chao Phraya River Express Boat on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River. The service is popular among visitors to the Thai capital. Photo: Fabio Achili
Police officers, a bomb team and divers are combing the crime scene. An officer said many pieces of the bomb were found “scattered” on the ground close to the blast site.
Lamai Pararach, 51, a som tam vendor, said she was selling from her stall in the afternoon when she heard a loud explosion from the river, and she saw water shooting into the air, so she immediately laid down on the ground.
“I was afraid there would be more bombs,” she said.
The footbridge is located near a busy point of embarkation for the Chao Phraya River Express Boat, a river taxi service popular with visitors.
Video of the incident shows a sizeable blast sending people scattering as they cross the bridge.