A bomb has been detonated in the centre of Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city.
The BBC reported there to be at least 12 dead and 20 injured in the huge explosion.
The blast left a large crater in the street near Erawan Shrine, a tourist attraction in the centre of the city.
The bomb went off just after 7pm local time, with emergency services racing to the scene.
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The explosion, at the Rachaprasong intersection, was confirmed by local police to be set off by a bomb and believed to have have been detonated on the back of a motorbike.
Eyewitnesses have reported that bodies in the streets are being covered with white sheets as police investigate the area.
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Wow Steve Hermans periscope identifies possible fragment from bomb on Bangkok street. pic.twitter.com/c6xHBBLJws
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Thoughts with those in Bangkok right now.
Fingers crossed things aren't as bad as initial reports.
— LDNM (@LDN_Muscle) August 17, 2015
massive explosion ( likely car bomb) by a sacred shrine in Bangkok, over dozen people confirmed dead, dozens injured
— Adel Darwish (@AdelDarwish) August 17, 2015
BANGKOK @Reuters – A bomb exploded in the centre of the Thai capital on Monday, police said, and media reported 5 killed and 20 wounded.
— Omar Waraich (@OmarWaraich) August 17, 2015
Blast in Central Bangkok: 5 dead, 20 injured | ANI pic.twitter.com/MPxQ9oTEGu
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We will have more information as the story develops.