Street vendor loses hand to explosion

national January 02, 2012 00:00

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An unlucky street vendor in Ayutthaya province was injured on Monday when an explosive she found near her cart exploded, mutilating her hand.


Saiyud Kaleeklin, 53, lost her left hand in the blast, which also wounded two other vendors nearby. Some shops near the scene were also damaged.
The accident took place at the mouth of Soi Pracha-uthit on Rojana Road in Muang Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district at about 7.30am.
The two others vendors injured were Thitiya Poethong, 52 and Rassamee Yoosamrang, 41. They suffered shrapnel wounds to their faces and bodies.
Waraporn Chiangthong, 45, a helper at a food vending stall, told police that Saiyud found a round black object tied with tape, but she did not know what it was. She was shaking it when the object hit a table and exploded, Waraporn said.
Police believed that the explosive device was home-made by teenagers who may have prepared it to attack rivals over the New Year.
It may have been left in the street to avoid being found by police who had set up a checkpoint near the scene of the explosion.

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