According to Wikipedia, Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.] He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in northeastern India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries. The word Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one.” The philosophy is serene, peaceful and calm, unlike the bloody scene last night near a Buddhist shrine in Bankok.
A bloody bomb explosion which erupted last night (Aug. 16 )near a Buddhist shrine in Bangkok left 20 people injured and 123 according to Internet sources such as etburbonews which reported that that most of the victim were visitors from other Asian countries. The siege on the Thailand’s capital took place inside the holy Erawan Shine which is Hindi origin, but has been adopted by Thais as their own, is visited by people from all over the world who go to pray in respect to the four-faced Buddha. The shrine is located adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. Thais believe that his power will support career, love, and family.
Eturbonews sources said that the bomb that exploded inside the holy Erawan Shrine in Bangkok was composed of three kilograms of TNT stuffed in a pipe and wrapped with white cloth. Its destructive radius was estimated at 100 meters. This bomb last night killed 9 and injured 123, many taken to the Police General Hospital right across the street from the incident. The likelihood this terror attack was planned and implemented not by a Buddhist or Thai citizen is a reasonable assumption at this time. The shrine is loved by everyone in Thailand, regardless of what political opinion one has. This attack was specifically directed against the already fragile travel and tourism industry in the kingdom. The city of Angeles turned into a city of hell last night. “Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is working with authorities during their investigation and will look to see how the hotel can work with relief organizations as the situation unfolds.”
According to CNN, “Twelve victims died at the scene, and the others died later at area hospitals. “It was like this huge gust of wind and debris flying through you,” recalled Sanjeev Vyas, a DJ from Mumbai, India, who was in the middle of the fray. ” And then I see bodies everywhere, there are cars on fire, there are bikes everywhere. People are screaming.” CNN also reported that no terrorist group has taken credit for the bombing and that National Security Council spokesman Ned Price released a statement saying the United States would remain in close contact with authorities in Thailand as they investigate. “The United States extends our deepest condolences to all of those affected by the explosion in Bangkok, Thailand. The United States condemns this deplorable act of violence, and our thoughts are with the victims, their families and loved ones, and the Thai emergency personnel responding to the incident,” he said.
Reports revealed that police initially sealed off the scene near the popular Erawan Shrine because, they said at the time, a second bomb in the area remained active and needed to be defused. Bomb squad members in blast suits responded, and an officer announced over a loudspeaker, “The situation is still not safe. Please all stay back. There might be another bomb in the area.” Later today the Bangkok Post reported the bomb, which detonated just after 7 p.m., was fastened to a utility pole in front of the Erawan Shrine and that the blast didn’t cause immediate, rampant panic, as some bystanders were milling around peacefully and a family apparently unaware of the explosion was enjoying a meal at a nearby.
It’s a terrible tragedy for those who died or are wounded and their loved ones. It is also another blow to Thailand which has been suffering of late in its tourism and travel industry.