- Title: Thai army chief condemns bomb attack in Bangkok hospital
- Date: 22nd May 2017
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (MAY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF PHRAMONGKUTKLAO HOSPITAL VARIOUS OF OFFICERS FROM FORENSIC DEPARTMENT WORKING INSIDE HOSPITAL MEDIA WAITING OUTSIDE HOSPITAL VARIOUS OF FORENSIC OFFICERS CARRYING BAGS OF EVIDENCE WALKING TO VEHICLE BAGS BEING PUT IN VEHICLE FORENSIC OFFICER CLOSING VEHICLE BOOT BAGS ON BACK SEAT OF VEHICLE, DOOR BEING CLOSED VEHICLE DRIVING AWAY, BAGS OF EVIDENCE SEEN THROUGH WINDOW SOLDIERS STANDING AS VEHICLES LEAVE MEDIA GATHERED COMMANDER OF THAILAND'S ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT SARJO KEOKAJEE WALKING OUT TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) COMMANDER OF THAILAND'S ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT, SAROJ KEOKAJEE, SAYING: "Right now the Explosive Ordnance Department have cleared the hospital. We have also now stepped up the security (in the hospital)." VARIOUS OF SECURITY IN FRONT OF HOSPITAL ENTRANCE
- Embargoed: 5th June 2017 12:03
- Keywords: Bangkok blast military coup anniversary hospital explosion Thailand
- Location: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- City: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026HX6G5H
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING
Thailand's army chief Chalermchai Sittisart on Monday (May 22) condemned a bomb blast that wounded 24 people at a hospital in the Thai capital earlier in the day, as the army blamed the incident on groups opposed to the ruling junta.
There was no claim of responsibility for the blast at the Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok, which is popular with soldiers and their families and retired military officers, but suspicion is likely to focus either on political dissidents opposed to military rule or Muslim separatists based in the south of the predominately Buddhist country.
The attack comes on the third anniversary of a 2014 military coup that toppled a democratically elected government and ended months of unrest, including sometimes deadly street demonstrations.
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