7 wounded in Ramkhamhaeng explosion

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BANGKOK, May 27 — Seven persons were hurt in an explosion in the Thai capital Sunday evening.  

Police said at least seven people were wounded in the explosion at Ramkhamhaeng Soi 43/1 near a beauty salon Sunday night. They believed the incident stemmed from a conflict with a vendor and that there was no involvement with southern problems.

The bomb was placed in a garbage bin near a beauty salon at the entrance of Ramkhamhaeng Soi 43/1. Two shops were damaged by the explosion, while the wounded were mostly traders and were sent to hospitals.

Huamark police station Superintendent Pol Col Narongrit Phromsawas said that forensic experts and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit inspected the scene and investigators were collecting information and evidence.

Pol Gen Pansiri Prapawat, deputy police chief, said that according to the initial investigation, the incident stemmed from a personal conflict between vendors and there was no involvement with the problems in the southernmost provinces.

Meanwhile, National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanathabut said police detained a suspect initially believed to be a foreigner for questioning in connection with the bombing, but no nationality information has been released.

Lt Gen Paradorn said investigation is underway. Police have not ruled out any possible motive including personal conflict and problems in the South.

He will meet the prime minister this afternoon and the issue will be raised at a meeting of senior government officials.

The area was cordoned off, causing traffic congestion on Monday morning.