Two 'homemade' bombs explode in Bangkok, one injured: police

A guard secures the area around Siam Paragon mall in central Bangkok early this morning. Two pipe bombs exploded outside the luxury shopping mall in Bangkok on Sunday in an attack which Thai police said was aimed at raising tension in a city living u
A guard secures the area around Siam Paragon mall in central Bangkok early this morning. Two pipe bombs exploded outside the luxury shopping mall in Bangkok on Sunday in an attack which Thai police said was aimed at raising tension in a city living under martial law. The bombs caused little damage but were the first to shake the Thai capital since the military seized power in May to end months of sometimes deadly street protests. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Two "homemade" bombs exploded near a popular shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on Sunday evening, leaving one man with minor injuries, police said.

The blasts took place at around 8 pm near the busy shopping centre well visited by tourists and local residents, with police initially reporting they were caused by an electrical fault.

Later Sunday national police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said further investigations had revealed the explosions were triggered by two IEDs (improvised explosive devices).

"Two homemade bombs exploded on a walkway between Siam BTS (skytrain) and Siam Paragon mall. They were hidden behind electric controls," he said, adding one man had received minor injuries.

Further investigations are under way, he added, without providing more details.

TPBS TV news said that the improvised explosive devices measured 20cm by 10cm, and were built from material available in the markets. 

Officials have not ruled out any motives yet, but they have suggested it could be politically motivated.

An uneasy calm had descended upon the Thai capital since last May when the army seized power after months of often violent street protests that led to the ousting of ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra's government.

Under martial law, political gatherings and criticism of the coup are forbidden, with the junta responding aggressively to any form of protest.