11 foreigners dead in Bangkok blast, death toll at 20

BANGKOK - The death toll from a bombing in the Thai capital rose to 20 on Tuesday with 123 wounded, police said, with at least 11 foreigners from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore among those killed.

Police revised down an earlier toll of 21 dead from Monday's bombing of the popular Erawan shrine in the heart of Bangkok's tourist and commercial centre.

"The bomb aimed at killing as many people as possible as the shrine is crowded at around 6 to 7 pm," police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri told AFP.

A police breakdown of the nationalities caught up in the blast showed three Chinese, two Hong Kongers, an Indonesian, four Malaysians, one Singaporean and six Thais were confirmed killed.

The three other victims have yet to be identified.

London said that a British national resident in Hong Kong was among the dead, but it was not immediately clear if she was a dual national already counted among the Hong Kongers killed. Thai police have not listed any Britons in their updates on dead or injured from the blast.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency late Tuesday also said four mainland nationals had now been killed, an increase of one from the Thai toll earlier in the day, citing the local embassy in Bangkok.

Thais made up the largest number of wounded with 42 being treated, local police said.

Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman, the Philippines and Singapore all had one or more nationals wounded.

Xinhua added that 19 Chinese, including two from Hong Kong were being treated as well as three Taiwanese.

The Erawan shrine sits at the foot of the five-star Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel and is surrounded by a string of other large hotels and malls that draw thousands of visitors each day.

Dedicated to the Hindu god Brahma, it is visited by thousands of Buddhist devotees every day, particularly Chinese visitors who travel to Thailand in larger numbers than any other nationality.