Ratchadamnoen Bomber Wanted to ‘Create Chaos,’ Police Say

Investigators at the scene of a small bomb which exploded Wednesday on Bangkok's Ratchadamnoen Avenue.

BANGKOK — Police on Thursday morning had yet to determine the motive behind a bomb which struck Wednesday night on Ratchadamnoen Avenue and injured two people, saying only that the perpetrator had no intention to claim lives.

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At about 8pm on Wednesday, a small bomb detonated in front of the lottery agency office on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, injuring Suriyaporn Poonsombat and Pimwara Raweenoppasit, street cleaners who were emptying a nearby trash can at the time.

The Explosive Ordinance Disposal team specialists found traces of a pipe bomb at the scene – a improvised explosive made from a PVC pipe – Col. Pitak Sutthikul said on Thursday.


The bomber’s motives are not known, but police believe they wanted to create a disturbance, said Pitak of Chana Songkram Police on Thursday.

Police are questioning witnesses and gathering further evidence.

The bomb struck on the eve of Thailand’s enactment of the new constitution and a public holiday marking the 235th anniversary of the Chakri Dynasty’s reign.



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