BANGKOK – Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered security to be tightened in Bangkok after two small pipe bombs were detonated near Paragon shopping mall.
The two homemade pipe bombs exploded near Paragon mall at around 8 p.m. local time (1300 GMT) on Sunday evening leaving two people with minor injuries .
Police Lieutenant General Prawut Thawornsiri, a spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, said the motive behind the attack was not known, but the bombs seemed intended to create panic rather than kill people.
Prayuth told reporters “I have ordered security to be tightened because this case involves the well-being of the people.”
“This case shows that we still need martial law … there are still bad people disrupting the peace. We must find ways to severely punish them,” he said.
Authorities declined to speculate whether the small bombs were linked to the nation’s turbulent politics. Prayeuth added, however, that although the bombs did not cause major damage, “they were used to create trouble.”
CCTV footage showing two possible male suspects near to where the pipe bombs exploded on Sunday has emerged. Police said, however that the images were unclear and the suspects had not been identified.