Bomb blast at Thai hos­pi­tal

New Straits Times - - World -

AN­DREW FOR­REST, Aus­tralian min­ing mag­nate Worka­holic Ja­pan is known for long of­fice hours and stressed out em­ploy­ees, but one com­pany claims to have a cure — cats. Nine fluffy fe­lines eat, sleep and walk freely in the small of­fice of IT firm Fer­ray. Hi­de­nobu Fukuda, who heads the firm, in­tro­duced an ‘of­fice cat’ pol­icy in 2000 upon re­quest from one of his em­ploy­ees, al­low­ing staffers to bring their mog­gies to work. ‘I also give ¥5,000 (RM194) a month to those who res­cue a cat,’ he said of his charges. AFP PIC BANGKOK: A small bomb struck a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal here yes­ter­day wound­ing more than 20 peo­ple, po­lice said, on the third an­niver­sary of a 2014 mil­i­tary coup.

There was no claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the blast at the Phra­mongkutk­lao Hos­pi­tal.

“It was a bomb,” Deputy Na­tional Po­lice Chief Gen­eral Sri­vara Rangsi­brah­manakul said.

“It was likely to be in a pack­age,” Sri­vara said, adding that “bat­tery and wires” were found at the scene.

Lo­cal me­dia said the de­vice det­o­nated in the hos­pi­tal phar­macy, spark­ing panic and send­ing smoke into the cor­ri­dors, but caused only mi­nor in­juries.

Po­lice said the hos­pi­tal was not evac­u­ated while med­i­cal emer­gency staff at the Erawan Res­cue Cen­tre said 24 peo­ple were in­jured. Agen­cies

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