At least 18 dead in Bangkok bomb blast

BANGKOK, Thailand (FOX NEWS) - At least 18 people are dead and more than 100 were injured in an explosion that rocked the area near the popular Erawan shrine in a busy intersection in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday morning.

The explosion took place at the Rajprasong intersection, located in Bangkok's commercial hub. It's been the site of several political demonstrations in recent years. The bomb reportedly detonated in front of the Erawan shrine, a popular shrine to the Hindu god Brahma, where thousands of Buddhist devotees visit every day.

The site is a hubbub of activity, with quiet worshippers sometimes flanked by Thai dancers hired by those seeking good fortune, while groups of tourists shuffle in and out.

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