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Lives Lost in Bangkok Bombing

August 18, 2015

Published on Aug 18, 2015

By Merritt Gurley


Bangkok, Thailand --- A bomb detonated last night in central Bangkok, killing at least 22 people and leaving 123 injured. The pipe bomb exploded at approximately 7 p.m. local time at Erawan Shrine, a popular Hindu holy site and tourist destination in the Chidlom/Ratchaprasong area. Nobody has taken responsibility and the intentions of the attack are still unknown. Among the fatalities were individuals from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore; at least five of the victims were Thai. The blast site is at the intersection of a major shopping-mall and hotel district that was shut down for months by protestors during the political unrest of early 2014. People across Bangkok rallied to help after last night's assault, donating blood and volunteering translation services for the foreign victims and their families. Thailand's minister of tourism and sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, issued a release saying, "I'm asking all of us to hold hands and go through this tough time together."

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia is based in Bangkok; this is our home and we're deeply saddened by the tragedy. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families.

Erawan Shrine
Courtesy of Pichayanee Kitsanayothin.


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