Security was improved at the Bangkok Convention Center, where the Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held on Friday, after at least five small explosions went off across the city. (JG Photo/Telly Nathalia)

Three Injured in Bangkok Explosions as City Hosts Major Asean Meeting


AUGUST 02, 2019

Bangkok. At least five small explosions went off across Bangkok on Friday, injuring at least three people. An Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting was being held in the city at the Bangkok Convention Center – attended by Indonesia's foreign minister Retno Marsudi – but was not affected by the blasts. The Indonesian Embassy said no Indonesian was injured. 

The Asean ministerial meeting was also attended by representatives from the United States, the European Union, Japan and South Korea.

The small bombs exploded at five different locations – a skytrain commuter station called Chong Nonsi, intersection 57/1 on Rama 9 – one of the city's busiest main roads, a government office in Chaeng Watthana, the Thai Military headquarters and the office of the permanent secretary of the Defense Ministry.

"According to local authorities, three street cleaners were injured by the blasts. So far, there is no Indonesian citizen among the victims," the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok said in a statement on Friday.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has condemned the attacks and called for security to be improved around the capital.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the bomb blasts were not discussed at the Asean ministerial meeting. 

On Friday, the ten Asean foreign ministers attended an Asean+3 session with China, Japan and South Korea; an East Asean Summit with eight partners – Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States; and an Asean Regional Forum.

All of the sessions went on as scheduled, unaffected by the commotions in the city center.