• Filipina hurt in Bangkok blast

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    The country’s diplomatic post in Bangkok on Tuesday confirmed that a Filipino woman was among those injured in the deadly explosion that struck Bangkok on Monday night, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

    The DFA, however, did not confirm international media reports that a Filipino was one of the three foreigners who were killed in the blast.

    The bomb also killed two Chinese and injured dozens more.

    “The [Philippine] Embassy confirms that one Filipina was injured. She sustained injury to her hearing due to the blast,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose said.

    Jose declined to identity the victim upon her request.

    “She is in Bangkok together with a foreign family she is working for and will return to their country soon. She requests that her other personal details not be revealed,” he said. Earlier reports said a Filipino was among the more than 20 people killed in the attack on the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong area, but the DFA said it was still verifying the information.

    In wake of the attack, the Philippine government called on Filipinos in Bangkok to take extra precautions.

    “We are assessing the security situation in Thailand to determine our next course of action,” Jose said.

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