Police officers inspect the scene of an explosion near Erawan Shrine, central Bangkok
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Bangkok blast: 'Acrid smell' in aftermath of explosion

One of the best-known shrines in the Thai capital Bangkok has been hit by a massive bomb blast.

The shrine, next to a five-star hotel, is generally packed with people seeking good fortune, and is also popular with tourists.

Eyewitness Barry Newhouse, editor-in chief of the Voice of America, arrived at the scene shortly after the blast.

He told the BBC: "There were three motorcycles... there was a real acrid smell in the air".

  • 17 Aug 2015
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