1 person dies, 10 injured in bus stop blast in Thailand
BANGKOK — A bomb at a bus stop in downtown Bangkok killed one person and wounded 10 others Sunday shortly after polls closed in a parliamentary election that pitted a government candidate against a jailed leader of recent mass protests in the Thai capital.
At the site of the explosion, Police Maj. Gen. Anuchai Lekbamroong declined to speculate on whether the bombing was related to Thailand’s continued political turbulence in the wake of the street demonstrations that paralyzed much of the capital for weeks.
The bomb wounded 10 Thais and one woman from Myanmar, all of whom were hospitalized, according to the government’s Erawan Center, which accounts for casualties in such incidents. A 51-year-old Thai man died during an operation at the Police Hospital, according to a nurse who declined to give her name because she was not authorized to speak with the press.
The election was seen as a test of strength for the Red Shirt movement, which from March to May staged demonstrations that were finally put down with lethal force. The protesters had demanded that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva dissolve parliament and call a general election.
In the by-election, Panich Vikitsreth, a vice minister for foreign affairs with the ruling Democrat Party, garnered about 54 percent of the vote over Kokaew Pikulthong, a jailed Red Shirt leader, according to unofficial results from the Election Commission.