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Six cleaners hurt by blast, two seriously

SIX CITY cleaners were injured - two seriously - in an explosion in Bangkok's Phra Nakhon district yesterday, when they reportedly swept up a "ping-pong bomb" while cleaning and maintaining shrubs on a road island near Phan Fah Bridge.

The blast occurred about 11am. The two workers who sustained serious shrapnel wounds were Kanokporn Nenraksa, 53, who was hit in the face, and Paisal Phuthien, 30, who was hit in the right leg.

They were sent to Vajira Hospital.

Pol Maj Gen Wallop Prathummuang, commander of Metropolitan Police Division 6, who inspected the scene with the bomb disposal squad yesterday, said one of the cleaners may have touched and accidentally let the bomb slip, causing it to explode. After the explosion, a PDRC guard found another suspicious bomb in the area and gave it to police to check for fingerprints.

Pol Col Khamthon Ouicharoen, an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialist, said this was a home-made explosive built with a giant firecracker, nails, cluster munitions and low-pressure bursting charges, then duct-taped together into a ball. It could be destructive within a five-metre radius, he said.

The blast occurred about 11am. The two workers who sustained serious shrapnel wounds were Kanokporn Nenraksa, 53, who was hit in the face, and Paisal Phuthien, 30, who was hit in the right leg.



They were sent to Vajira Hospital.



Pol Maj Gen Wallop Prathummuang, commander of Metropolitan Police Division 6, who inspected the scene with the bomb disposal squad yesterday, said one of the cleaners may have touched and accidentally let the bomb slip, causing it to explode. After the explosion, a PDRC guard found another suspicious bomb in the area and gave it to police to check for fingerprints.



Pol Col Khamthon Ouicharoen, an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialist, said this was a home-made explosive built with a giant firecracker, nails, cluster munitions and low-pressure bursting charges, then duct-taped together into a ball. It could be destructive within a five-metre radius, he said.






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