According to the latest information provided by the Royal Thai Police Office, 12 of the 22 victims died at the scene of the attack.
Rumors about the introduction of a state of emergency were denied by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who called the blast the “worst ever attack” on the kingdom, attributing them to an “anti-government group based in Thailand’s north-east.”
Officials say the attack was aimed at destroying Thailand’s economy and tourism. Police said the explosion involved a motorcycle bomb.
“The perpetrators intended to destroy the economy and tourism because the incident occurred in the heart of the tourism district,” Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said.
Foreign visitors were present at the time of the blast. Three people from China and one from the Philippines were among the dead, a police officer told Reuters. Many of those injured are from China and Taiwan.
The explosion took place at the Ratchaprasong intersection near Erawan shrine, a tourist attraction in the downtown Chidlom district.