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Two Dead, 34 Injured as Nine Bombs Rock Thai Capital


Nine bomb explosions in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, have forced authorities to cancel New Year celebrations.

The blasts New Year's Eve and today killed two people and wounded at least 34 others.

At least eight of the wounded were foreigners (from Hungary, Britain, Serbia and the U.S.) who were to take part in the main celebrations in the center of Bangkok. They were injured by two bombs that went off just before midnight.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Police cordoned off the area, allowing forensic experts to collect evidence, including short nails, a broken metal watch band and pieces of twisted metal.

Thai officials suggested the incidents might have been politically motivated but said Muslim insurgents were probably not involved.

Thai Prime Minister General Surayud Chulanont said early Monday the situation in Bangkok was under control.

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