Thai prime minister vows to bring bombers to justice


BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on Monday night’s bombing at a shrine next to a busy central Bangkok intersection:

3:20 p.m.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told the nation in his first televised address since the blast that the government will expedite “all investigative efforts to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” but said nothing specific about suspects or the status of the investigation.

People give blood at the Thai Red Cross in Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

He urged the nation to be united and called on the media, traditional and social, to provide constructive news rather than coverage or commentary that would be contentious or have a misleading effect on the investigation.

He promised foreigners living in Thailand that the government would do its best to safeguard their security, property and interests.

Prayuth also asked that citizens remain vigilant to any irregular activities.

—Grant Peck in Bangkok

3 p.m.

A day after Bangkok’s deadly bomb attack there has been a second explosion in the capital, this time at a ferry pier, but no one was hurt, police say.

Thai family members pray by the coffin of a victim of the Erawan Shrine bombing at a hospital in Bangkok.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Police Senior Sgt. Maj. Worapong Boonthawee says an explosive device was thrown from the Taksin Bridge on Tuesday afternoon and blew up at Sathorn Pier after falling into the Chao Phraya River below. “There is no injury,” he says.

Security camera footage shows a sudden blast of water dousing people on a walkway at the pier, as bystanders ran for safety.

—Anusonadisai Nattasuda in Bangkok

Thai family members gather around the coffin of a victim of the Erawan Shrine bombing at a hospital in Bangkok.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

2 p.m.

Deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd released the following list of the nationalities of the 20 people killed by Monday night’s blast:

Thai: 5

Malaysian: 2

Chinese: 2

Hong Kong: 2

Singaporean: 1

Unknown nationality: 8

—Anusonadisai Nattasuda in Bangkok

People survey the damage after windows are broken at the building adjacent to the Erawan Shrine.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)