At least 27 people were killed and 117 others injured when a powerful bomb went off inside a hugely popular Lord Brahma temple in a crowded area of Bangkok.
This is the first such attack in the Thai capital. Four foreigners were among the dead.
The blast, which the government believes was aimed at damaging the country’s economy and tourism, occurred inside Erawan shrine in downtown Chidlom district, creating panic as people fled the place with cars and motorcycles exploding in the impact.
The temple is located on a main road through Bangkok’s commercial hub and is surrounded by three big malls and hotels of international chains. It is among Bangkok’s most popular attractions and is visited by East Asian tourists and local Buddhists.