Four hurt in Bangkok blasts during ASEAN meet

    Bomb blasts in three locations have left at least four people injured in the Thai capital, which is currently hosting the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting.

    According to reports, the first two blasts went off at around 7 am near Building B of the Government Office Compound and Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters on Chaeng Wattana Road, Lieutenant Colonel Suban Athiset, Vice-Superintendent of Thung Song Hong Police Station, told Efe news. An investigation is underway.

    Soon after the blasts, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha tweeted: “Regarding the bombs this morning, I would like to condemn those who are behind this, which destroy the peace and the image of the country. I have ordered the officials to take care of public safety and of those who have been affected by these incidents immediately.”

    Two women were injured in an explosion that took place about half-an-hour later down a street off Rama 9 Road. Police said it was a country-made bomb and they believed it was planted by students from a technical institution nearby.

    At around 8.30 a.m., there were two more blasts – one at the busy commuter skytrain station Chong Nonsi and one in a nearby parking lot – which injured two people.

    The explosions occurred just before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was to deliver an address on the sidelines of the meeting.