Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gave his first address on national television this afternoon after the brutal bombing at Erawan Shrine in downtown Bangkok that killed at least 20 people last night.
He expressed condolences for people killed and injured and asked Thais to remain united.
“I’d like to express condolences to the families of those affected by this violent event which caused injuries and the loss of innocent lives, both Thai and foreign. We’ll do our best to provide compensation according to the law,” he said.
The explosion took place during last night at the height of rush hour around 7pm at Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong Junction. The bombing killed 12 people at the scene and injured over a hundred of others.
“This event shows that there is a person or a group of persons with malicious feelings towards our country. Whether their aim is to gain political benefit; destroy the economy and tourism; or whatever reason, we at the government are rushing the investigation to find this person as soon as possible.” he said.
“We’re asking all Thai citizens from various sectors and bureaucrats to move forward and overcome the horrific disaster together. If we remain united, we can overcome all obstacles and restore peace to Thailand,” he said.
Meanwhile, military spokesperson Winthai Suwaree said the authorities have appointed a committee to investigate the case.
“We’re gathering evidence and witnesses. All aspects will be taken to consideration so we are asking the public for time,” he said.
No other details about the investigation were revealed.