Bomb explodes in Thailand: 1 wounded

A small bomb exploded Thursday at a police guard post outside the Bangkok home of former Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda, now the chief adviser to the Thai king, police said.

The blast was likely to intensify political tensions in Thailand, already high because of a growing popular campaign to force Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to resign for alleged corruption and abuse of power.

The homemade bomb, triggered by remote control, injured one person, said police Col. Kamolsan Kranbut.

No one took immediate responsibility for the blast.

Thaksin blamed people with "bad intentions" for planting the bomb.

"It was the work of people with bad intentions who want to create more and more trouble amid the political crisis," he told reporters. "It is the work of hooligans, we cannot give in to the pressure of hooligans."

Police said a 28-year-old British man was injured. He was being treated at a nearby hospital. They did not further identify the man.

Prem is a former army chief and prime minister who is now a member of the Privy Council, the inner circle of advisers to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, reports the AP.

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