Two 'homemade' bombs explode in Bangkok, one injured: police

Two 'homemade' bombs explode in Bangkok, one injured: police
Two pipe bombs exploded outside the luxury shopping mall in Bangkok on Sunday in an attack which Thai police said was aimed at raising tension in a city living under martial law. The bombs caused little damage.

BANGKOK - Two "homemade" bombs exploded near a popular shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on Sunday evening, leaving one man with minor injuries, police said.

The blasts took place at around 8 pm (1300 GMT) near the busy shopping centre well visited by tourists and local residents, with police initially reporting they were caused by an electrical fault.

Later Sunday national police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told AFP further investigations had revealed the explosions were triggered by two IEDs (improvised explosive devices).

"Two homemade bombs exploded on a walkway between Siam BTS (skytrain) and Siam Paragonmall. They were hidden behind electric controls," he said, adding one man had received minor injuries. 

Further investigations are under way, he added, without providing more details.

An uneasy calm had descended upon the Thai capital since last May when the army seized power after months of often violent street protests that led to the ousting of ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra's government.

Under martial law, political gatherings and criticism of the coup are forbidden, with the junta responding aggressively to any form of protest.

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