Three small explosions, one possibly a homemade bomb, injured three people in Bangkok on Friday (August 2), as the Thai capital hosted a Southeast Asian security meeting with top diplomats from the United States, China and other world powers.
The first explosions were heard just before 9 a.m. (0200 GMT) at two sites near central Bangkok.
A third blast was heard shortly afterwards at a government complex hosting several ministries on the northern side of the city.
Police said two street cleaners had been hurt by what appeared to be a homemade bomb in the Suan Luang district.
Eyewitnesses said a security guard had also been hurt close to the 77-storey King Power Mahanakhon building. The area was partly cordoned off as police searched the area.
Bangkok is currently hosting a regional security meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their counterparts from world powers including the United States, China and Russia. (REUTERS)
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The boys and the coach of Thailand’s ‘Wild Boars’ soccer team returned to the cave where they were trapped a year ago on Monday (June 24) to remember a former Navy SEAL who died during their rescue operation.
Samarn ‘Sam’ Kunan, a former member of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit who was part of the rescue team in Chiang Rai, died on the night of July 5, 2018 after entering the cave to lay oxygen tanks along a potential exit route for the trapped boys.
His wife, Waleeporn Kunan, said her husband still remains in her heart, while the coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, thanked Sam for his sacrifice.
“This is our intention to make merit for him (Samarn Kunan) every year. Our merit making is for Sergeant Sam (Samarn Kunan), to remember him,” said Chanthawong.
“They (cave boys) treated me as if I was someone special and they, these brothers still do until now. Every time they see me they run up to me,” said Kunan, wife of the late diver.
The soccer team, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach were trapped on June 23, 2019 while exploring the Tham Luang cave complex when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.
A 17-day effort to rescue them gripped the world with experts from various countries volunteering to help. (REUTERS)
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