“Yesterday I was at the explosion last night maybe 50 metres (yards) away. I heard the big bang and I looked back and I see people screaming and I started running,” said Australian tourist Durian Rider.
“The family sent me messages asking if everything was okay because they heard of that and yeah I am okay, but it is very scary. Something very dangerous happens to people and nobody knows who it was, so yeah it’s scary,” said Mirjam Rodehacke from Switzerland.
Some reports quoted Prime Minister Prayuth Chanocha as saying the suspect was believed to belong to an “anti-government group based in Thailand’s northeast”. Thai media later said the quote was not referring to the suspect.
Thailand has experienced years of political violence, with a military junta taking control of the country in May after ousting the government of Yingluck Shinawatra. Until Monday, however, foreigners had rarely been caught up in the trouble.