Bangkok blast: President Tony Tan condemns 'terrible act of terror'

Experts investigate the Erawan shrine at the site of a deadly blast in central Bangkok, Thailand on Aug 18, 2015.
Experts investigate the Erawan shrine at the site of a deadly blast in central Bangkok, Thailand on Aug 18, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - President Tony Tan Keng Yam has described the bomb attack that rocked downtown Bangkok on Monday (Aug 17) as a "terrible act of terror".

"My wife and I were shocked to learn of the bomb blast that took place near a tourist attraction in Bangkok last night," wrote Dr Tan in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning.

"We were especially concerned by media reports that a Singaporean was among those who lost their lives in the incident and several Singaporeans were injured too."

 

The Straits Times reported that a Singaporean woman in her 30s was among the 21 people who were killed in the attack.

Her husband and brother were injured.

Dr Tan reiterated that the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok was rendering the necessary consular assistance to affected Singaporeans and their families.

He also conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims.