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ASEAN summit: Serial blasts in Bangkok injure three, explosions took place right before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s keynote speech

Reports suggest the serial blasts were 'symbolic' ones to embarrass the government which is hosting the ASEAN summit.

Multiple explosions in Thailand capital Bangkok injure three people. As per reports, several small blasts were heard on Friday where the ASEAN summit is taking place. Two street cleaners have been injured in the blasts.

The blasts took off just before a keynote speech by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Thai government has urged media not to speculate the motives behind the blasts.

A blast was heard near government building in Bangkok and other two in central Bangkok. A regional security meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of South Asian Nations (ASEAN) is currently underway in Bangkok.

As per reports, on Thursday, the Thai Police found two fake bombs near the venue of the regional security meeting. While the suspicious packages raised an alarm, the security risk was soon cleared off. Two men were reportedly also arrested for the fake bombs.

Reports suggest that ‘ping pong bombs’, small explosives the size of a tennis ball, exploded at multiple locations in the city. They are believed to be ‘symbolic blasts’ to embarrass the government. The bombs were believed to not cause mass casualties.

Foreign ministers from India, the UK, the US, China, Russia are attending the ASEAN summit. The security has been tightened.

 

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