Injured Taiwanese tourists return from Thailand (Taiwan News)

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) A father and his two daughters who had been injured by a powerful explosion in downtown Bangkok a day earlier returned to Taiwan and immediately proceeded to National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei to continue medical treatment Tuesday. At Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the father, surnamed Chang, told reporters that his 11-year-old daughter still had shrapnel in her leg that called for immediate medical attention. “She has been brave,” he said. Chang, who received eight stitches to his back in the wake of the blast that killed at least 22 and injured more than 120, said his family was just 10 meters away from the explosion and they were lucky to have been shielded by a bridge pier. “Without the bridge pier standing between us and the blast, we would have been killed,” Chang said, noting that his other daughter, 14, was just slightly injured. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said six Taiwanese nationals were injured in Monday’s bombing in Bangkok. Another father-daughter pair was in a Thai hospital undergoing surgery, according to the Tourism Bureau. A sixth woman, whose family name is Hung, sustained severe burns and is being treated at an overseas Chinese hospital. (By Bien Chin-feng, Liu Te-chan and S.C. Chang)