A bomb has exploded near the centre of Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 120.

The blast struck at the Erawan Shrine, a structure is dedicated to the Hindu god Brahma, at around 19:00 local time (12:00 GMT).

Police searched the vicinity immediately following the explosion, but no further devices were discovered.

The shrine is a major tourist attraction in the Thai capital, and is surrounded by three busy shopping centres.

Thailand’s Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwong said the bomb had “targeted foreigners… to damage tourism and the economy”, but no group has yet taken credit for the attack.

The Bangkok Post reports the bomb was made from a pipe and around 3kg of TNT.

Security cameras caught the moment the bomb exploded:



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