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Boy, 16, killed, one hurt in blast in capital

A 16-year-old boy was killed and his partner badly injured when a bomb exploded in their rented home in Bangkok's Bueang Kum district early yesterday.

The young couple had just moved from Angthong, with their seven-month-old baby, 10 days ago.

Rames Chu-in was killed at the scene, while Namprao Iamwilai suffered wounds to her back, right leg and fingers. "Fortunately, our baby is unharmed," said Namprao, also 16.

The baby was with Namprao's grandmother in the room next door when the explosion took place.

Initial investigation showed that the bomb was home-made, Explosive Ordnance Disposal chief Pol Colonel Kamthorn Uicharoen said.

"The victim may have brought it home from somewhere," he said.

Namprao said Rames was well behaved and diligent and worked at a body and paint shop nearby.

"He had no conflicts with anyone," she said, adding that she had no idea how the bomb hit their home.

"We were lying in bed watching TV. There were no suspicious items nearby."

Namprao's grandmother, Thong-poon Srikos, confirmed that Rames was watching TV before she left his home.

"The explosion woke me up and I found him dead," she said.


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