The temple is located on a main road through Bangkok's commercial hub and is surrounded by three major shopping malls.There was a huge amount of chaos, with body parts scattered everywhere, media reports said. There were burnt motorbikes on the main road, with paramedics and police trying to take the injured away.

The explosion was on the Rajprasong intersection, which has been the centre of political demonstrations in recent years. Bomb attacks in Bangkok are extremely rare.

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