At least 18 people have been killed and at least 117 wounded in Bangkok, Thailand, after a bomb exploded near a religious shrine, scattering debris and body parts. Three Hongkongers were among those injured.

The Immigration Department confirmed that the Hong Kong residents affected have been hospitalised. Two requests for assistance were received by the department and it is sending two officers to Bangkok in response.

The explosion occurred at around 6:30pm on Monday night when the popular shrine was packed with tourists. At least 10 Thais, one Filipino and one Chinese citizens were among those killed.

In a video posted on Facebook, one man – apparently a Hong Konger – speaks of witnessing two burning motorcycles and many dead bodies.

A second bomb was reportedly found in the area but was made safe.

A list of the injured. Photo: Weibo.

No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but the authorities say the deadly blast was aimed at foreigners. The Thai government is battling an Islamic insurgency in the south of the country, though terrorist incidents in the capital remain rare.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.