Incident Summary:

05/22/2017: An explosive device detonated at Phramongkutklao Military Hospital in Ratchathewi neighborhood, Bangkok, Thailand. At least 25 people were injured in the blast; the victims included soldiers, civilians, and a police officer. Wattana Pumret, an unaffiliated individual, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the military's interference in politics. Additionally, a military official suspected that the blast may have been caused by the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, which denied involvement.

GTD ID:
201705230018

When:
2017-05-22

Country:
Thailand

Region:
Southeast Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Bangkok

City:
Bangkok

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Ratchathewi neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Royal Thai Armed Forces
Specific Description Phramongkutklao Military Hospital
Nationality of Target Thailand
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Thailand
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
A pipe bomb containing nails and concealed inside a flower vase was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. Pumret also confessed to carrying out other bombing attacks in Bangkok on April 5, 2017 and May 15, 2017.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (suspected) No
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"21 injured in Bangkok hospital bomb blast on coup anniversary," Today Online, May 22, 2017."
"Perpetrator of Bangkok hospital attack apologizes," EFE, June 20, 2017."
"Coup-anniversary bomb ‘targets officers’," The Phuket News, May 23, 2017."