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Thailand: bomb explodes in Bangkok as tensions rise
A bomb has exploded in Bangkok, seriously wounding a man and stoking
fears of civil unrest following a deadly blast five days ago and
violent anti-government protests in April and May.

Published: 7:00AM BST 30 Jul 2010
Thai forensic police inspect the site of a bomb attack
Thai forensic police inspect the site of a bomb attack near a bus
station outside a Big C shopping mall in Bangkok. Photo: REUTERS

Police said a grenade tied with an oiled rubber band and wrapped in a
garbage bag exploded at about 2am (1900 GMT) in an alley near Victory
Monument, an area usually choked with traffic and surrounded by
government buildings.

"I do not want to speculate on the cause at this point and whether
it's politically motivated or an attempt to stir chaos," said
Metropolitan Police Chief Lt. Gen. Santarn Chayanond.

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The wounded man was believed to be a garbage collector, he said.

No group took responsibility for the attack which followed a blast
that killed one person and wounded 10 on Sunday in a shopping district
occupied by tens of thousands of "red shirt" protesters for seven
weeks until a May 19 army crackdown.

That bomb exploded shortly after polls closed in a Bangkok by-election
in which a ruling party politician narrowly defeated a jailed red
shirt anti-government protest leader representing the opposition.

Santarn declined to comment on whether the two bombing incidents were

Thailand's government lifted a state of emergency in six provinces on
Thursday, but said the special security law would remain in place in
10 others, including Bangkok.

The emergency decree has been in force since April, giving security
forces broad powers to deal with anti-government protests which
spiralled into the worst political violence in modern Thai history
when demonstrators clashed with troops in April and May, leaving 90
people dead and at least 1,800 wounded.