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There has been a large explosion close to a shrine in the centre of the Thai capital, Bangkok.

Local TV has initially reported five dead and 20 injured and quoted police as saying it was caused by a bomb.

The BBC’s Jonathan Head, who is at the scene, says there is a huge amount of chaos with body parts scattered everywhere and a crater that does indicate a bomb attack.

If this is confirmed, he says, it would be rare for the capital. (BBC)