An explosion close to Erawan shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, killed at least 21 people including seven foreigners.
The tally of foreign tourists killed by the blast now stands at seven, Thai police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri has told AFP.
According to his office, two Chinese citizens from the mainland, two people from Hong Kong, two Malaysians and a Singaporean have been confirmed among a death toll of 21 at this stage.
Five Thais have been confirmed killed, while the other nine victims have not yet been identified. Investigators have been having trouble establishing the exact number of dead as victims were torn apart so horrendously that they are still trying to match body parts.
The wounded come from Thailand, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, the Philippines and Singapore.
The revised list of nationalities reflects the popularity of the shrine with visitors from across East Asia and particularly Chinese communities.
The head of Thailand’s junta now says a suspect has been identified from CCTV footage. The blast is believed to have been the work of an anti-government group based in Thailand’s north-east, where the anti-coup Red Shirt movement is based, according to AFP.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blast on Monday evening, which left scores wounded, and officials in Thailand have yet to blame any group.
Thailand’s three southernmost provinces are home to a long-running Muslim separatist insurgency. Since 2004, more than 6,500 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in violence in the region.
The army has ruled Thailand since May 2014, when it ousted the elected government after months of anti-government protests.
Source: The Telegraph