At least 10 people were killed and many injured when a bomb exploded Monday outside a popular religious shrine in Bangkok, scattering body parts and debris across the city’s commercial core. The blast hit at around 6:30pm when the street side shrine was packed with worshippers and tourists. “As far as I know there are more than 10 people dead, many injured. Our initial findings are it is a bomb inside the shrine,” national police chief Chakthip Chijinda told reporters. “We are checking to see if there is a second bomb.” There were media reports later of a second device being defused in the area but no immediate official confirmation. Charred and shattered motorcycles littered the scene, along with hunks of concrete from the shrine, with pools of blood on the pavement and bodies covered with white sheets. While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, suspicion was likely to fall on the kingdoms rival political factions. Thailand has been seared by a near decade of political violence that has left the country deeply divided and seen repeated rounds of deadly street protests and bombings. “It was TNT bomb. The people who did it targeted foreigners and to damage tourism and the economy,” said Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwong. The Erawan is an enormously popular shrine to the Hindu god Brahma but is visited by thousands of Buddhist devotees every day.