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Bangkok: Bomb wounds 9 on day of by-election

BANGKOK — A bomb at a bus stop in downtown Bangkok wounded nine people Sunday shortly after polls closed in a parliamentary election that pitted a government candidate against a jailed leader of recent mass protests in the Thai capital.
Police Maj. Gen. Anuchai Lekbamroong, at the site of the explosion, declined to speculate whether the bombing was related to Thailand's continued political turbulence in the wake of the street demonstrations that paralyzed much of the capital for weeks.
The bomb wounded eight Thai people and one women from Myanmar, the police officer said. The explosion was near two department stores that have been closed since they were torched at the climax of the protests May 19.
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