By Brian Murphy – Washington Post
An apparent bomb-rigged motorcycle exploded in a busy commercial area in Bangkok on Monday, killing at least 12 people near a site that has been a hub for political rallies and clashes in the past, police and news reports said.
Other details about the blast were not immediately clear, and there was no claim of responsibility. One police official said many foreigners were among the casualties, which include dozens injured.
Such an attack in Bangkok is rare, but tensions have risen as the country’s military-backed leaders tighten their grip on power.
A policeman and a rescue worker said at least 12 people had been killed, Reuters reported. The television network Thai PBS said its reporter counted 12 bodies. Some reports, citing Thai police, placed the death toll at 15.
Local media also said nearly 80 people were injured.
Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said a “significant portion” of the casualties were foreigners, but gave no further details.
Rabbi Nechemia Wilhelm, Shliach in Thailand, told COL that “as of now, we are not aware of the involvement of any Jews or Israelis, and Chabad Shluchim remain in contact with officials. The Foreign Ministry said they are investigating whether there are any Israeli casualties in the incident.”