The latest on the bombings in the Thai capital (all times local):


12:30 p.m.

Thai police are stepping up patrols in a bid to ensure jittery tourists that it's safe to visit the kingdom.

Military spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree says the number and frequency of security patrols both in uniforms and plainclothes have been increased around tourist sites.

He says security agencies have assessed that Monday's bomb attack at the Erawan shrine in downtown Bangkok that killed 20 people and wounded scores of others was an act to damage the economy and the tourism industry as well as the image of Thailand. Another bomb was thrown Tuesday at a busy river pier but it fell into a canal and caused no damage or injuries.

Of the nearly 130 wounded, 63 remain in hospitals.

Winthai also told reporters Friday that police are in the process of tracking and arresting those sharing information on social media that create panic and confusion. He did not elaborate.

— Nattasude Anusonadisai, Bangkok



Among those taking part in the ceremonies honoring the victims of Monday's bomb blast at the Erawan shrine are Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu religious leaders.

Office worker Pratuang Limkul also came to pay her respects. She says: "(I came to) send the spirits of those in this place to rest in peace."

— Yves Dam Van, Bangkok


7 a.m.

Religious ceremonie are being held to honor the victims of the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine four days ago.

High-ranking government officials and diplomats are taking part in the ceremony involving five different religions in memory of the 20 people who died. More than 120 others were hurt in the blast. No one has taken responsibility for the attack.