Bangkok bombing

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33963280

    We were just there this past weekend. Stayed at the GH Erawan. Wife and I walked passed the shrine several times a day. Wow. Timing.

    I did notice that they would check every taxi coming into the lobby area. Is that normal practice now? Were they expecting something?
     
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    Very sad to hear / read this. :(:(:(
     
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    Police deal with active bomb after deadly explosion near Bangkok shrine

    Bangkok, Thailand (CNN)A bomb explosion that appeared to target a popular Hindu shrine in central Bangkok killed at least 27 people and injured dozens more, according to reporting from local media outlets The Nation television and Channel 7.

    Foreigners are among the injured, Maj Gen. Weerachon Sukhontapatipak, a Thai government spokesman, told CNN, but he had no specifics.

    Police were sealing off the scene near the popular Erawan Shrine because a bomb in the area remains active and needs to be defused, police at the scene said.

    Bomb squad members in blast suits responded to the area, and an officer announced over a loudspeaker, "The situation is still not safe. Please all stay back. There might be another bomb in the area."

    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/17/asia/thailand-bangkok-bomb/index.html
     
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    Glad you and your wife are safe. It's absolutely terrible for Bangkok, and yes, I believe the GH Erawan was always very security conscious, especially seeing the location by the Erawan shrine. I hope that people will still travel to Bangkok and the perpetrators get what they deserve.
     
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    Like many here, we, too, have stayed at the GH and of course walked by the shrine many times during our time in Bangkok.

    Statement on the GH website:

    http://bangkok.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

    17 August 2015

    Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Statement on the August 17 Explosion

    Version: August 17 as of 9:00pm Bangkok time

    There was an explosion in Central Bangkok the evening of August 17, Bangkok time. Local authorities have not released details on the explosion.

    The safety and security of our guests, colleagues and neighbors is a top priority. Following the explosion, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok opened its doors to allow the public to seek refuge during this tragedy.

    Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is working with authorities during their investigation and will look to see how the hotel can work with relief organizations as the situation unfolds.

    Yours sincerely,

    Gordon Fuller
    Area Vice President
    General Manager
     
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    Wow! Glad to hear that the GH Erawan is "very security conscious" because as part of my annual Year-end Asian escapade(tm), which I began booking hotels and flights for before costs went up, I booked a 3-night cash+points award stay at...GH Erawan! Here's the booking from AwardWallet.

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    This does not in the least bit change my plan to travel to BKK or stay at this property, which won't happen until January, but it is jarring to realize how easily an idyllic moment can be shattered by something like this. Just wow!
     
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    We still would go back but it does make us be a bit more conscious about where we are walking. The current premise that it was targeting tourist and foreigners is a bit disconcerting .
     
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    This has been SOP for many years ato most large Bangkok hotels.
     
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    British woman among those killed in Bangkok attack

    A British woman living in Hong Kong was among the 22 people killed in a bomb near a shrine in the Thai capital Bangkok on Monday.

    British foreign secretary Philip Hammond condemned the attack and said British embassy staff in Thailand were assisting the woman’s family.

    Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of a man who entered the shrine shortly before the blast could shed light on who was behind the unprecedented attack.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/worl...mong-those-killed-in-bangkok-attack-1.2320663

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    In memoriam ...

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    Thai police publish sketch of Bangkok bombing suspect

    Thai police have released a detailed electronic sketch of the suspected Bangkok bomber who they believe killed 22 people when he left explosives at a shrine on Monday.

    The image shows a thin man with dark, shaggy hair and a light complexion, wearing black-rimmed glasses and wristbands on both arms. His ethnicity is not clearly recognisable and police have said the suspect could be Thai or foreign.

    Police say they believe the bomber might have had accomplices and are offering a one million baht (£17,935) reward for anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the bomber.

    “We suspect he is the bomber,” national police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said of the young man in a yellow T-shirt and shorts who appeared on CCTV footage time-stamped minutes before the explosion on Monday evening.

    “We are also looking for other suspects in connection with the blast. These types of attacks are not usually planned by one person alone,” he added.

    The security camera footage shows a man sitting on a bench and taking off a large, black backpack. He then stands up and walks away before checking his phone.

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    Bangkok bomb: Two suspects hand themselves into Thai authorities - and insist they are tour guides

    Two men have reportedly handed themselves in to Thai police after being identified as suspects in the Bangkok bombing that killed 20 people.

    Details around the two men - who have not been named - are scarce, but the BBC reported the men had insisted that they were tour guides.

    The two are believed to be the pair spotted on CCTV footage on Wednesday. However, a Bangkok Post article claimed the two men had already been disregarded by police officers as suspects due to their "girlish" reaction to the bomb.

    Detectives reportedly told The Bangkok Post, speaking on condition of anonymity, that officers had concluded the mens' reactions to the bombing meant they were not involved.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...and-insist-they-are-tour-guides-10463761.html
     
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    Police arrest foreigner, find passports in Bangkok bomb case
    BANGKOK — Thai authorities arrested a foreign man Saturday they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago.

    All television channels broadcast a televised announcement Saturday evening on the suspect’s arrest, which came 12 days after the bombing that authorities have called the deadliest attack in Thailand’s modern history.

    Police and soldiers raided the apartment in a non-descript concrete building on the outskirts of eastern Bangkok and found bomb-making materials that matched those used in the Aug. 17 blast at the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok, police said.

    The blast which killed 20 people and injured more than 120 was followed a day later by another explosion at a public ferry pier, which caused no injuries but exacerbated concerns about safety in the Thai capital, which draws millions of tourists.

    “Our preliminary investigation shows that he is related to both bombings,” national police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri said in the televised statement, as he showed photographs of the suspect — a young man with short brown hair and a light beard and mustache. Police identified him only as a 28-year-old foreigner, without releasing a name.
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