PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – No Cambodians have been reported among the victims of the Erawan Shrine bombing in Bangkok, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday.
Thai police said 20 people, including 11 foreigners, were killed and 123 injured when a bomb went off during rush hour on Monday night in crowded downtown Bangkok.
“So far, there is no report from the Cambodian embassy in Thailand of Cambodians hurt or dead in the bombing incident in Thailand yet,” Chum Sounry, spokesman for the ministry, said.
“Our embassy also put out an emergency notice to the Cambodian people living in Bangkok to be careful and avoid the area.”
Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians work in Thailand, and Bangkok is a popular tourist destination for Cambodians.
Meanwhile, Cambodia has tightened security after the blast in Bangkok, National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Kirt Chantharith said yesterday.
“I just made a verbal statement to all municipal and provincial police chiefs to beef up security and to pay attention to collecting all information related to security in order to avoid such issue,” he told Xinhua via telephone.
Ang Kim Eang, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said tightening security is essential to make tourists feel safe while they are staying in Cambodia.
“I don’t think the blast in Bangkok will affect tourism in Cambodia, but it is necessary to enhance security to make tourists feel safe to stay in Cambodia,” he said.