Bomb blast in Bangkok
A man talks on the phone near the site of blasts on an elevated walkway linking an overhead rail line to the Siam Paragon mall in central Bangkok early February 2, 2015.Reuters

Two pipe bombs exploded near the entrance to Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in downtown Bangkok, on Sunday. One person was injured, but no causalities were reported. The Thai police believe that the attack was aimed at raising tension in the Thai capital, which is under the martial law.

According to Reuters, this is the first direct attack in the city since the military seized power in May after ending a series of fatal protests,.

The improvised explosive devices detonated by digital clock were meant to create panic, rather than take lives, explained Royal Thai Police spokesman Lieutenant General Prawut Thawonrsiri.

The homemade explosives were placed behind power transformers on an elevated walkway that links the overhead rail line and the upmarket Siam Paragon Mall in central Bangkok.

Also read