Bomb blast closely missed Thai protest leader (video)

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BKK bomb1At least 36 people were wounded in Bangkok on January 17 when an explosion hit anti-government demonstrators marching through the capital, the city’s emergency services center said. The movement’s leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, was in the procession but was not wounded in the blast, protest spokesman Akanat Promphan said.

Akanat said an explosive device was thrown into a truck driven by demonstrators that was several dozen meters ahead of Suthep.

Several protesters were seen covered in blood on the Bluesky satellite TV that broadcast the incident live. Bullet holes could clearly be seen on the pick up’s trunk. Protesters were seen running into a deserted building, trying to find the assailant who obviously threw the bomb from there.

The attack happened near Lotus Charoenphol shopping mall closely before Suthep was about to pass the area. Military police from the Army rushed to the scene to inspect the explosion. Army officers were seen on Bluesky showing what appeared to be bomb shrapnel to reporters.

Meanwhile, pro-government red-shirt supporters arrived on motorcycles and in vans on January 13 to challenge the anti-government protesters near the Chaeng Wattana rally site, a government complex in the north of Bangkok

Tension rose at the site at 11am when the red-shirts arrived together with a sound truck. They announced through the public address system that the rally at Chaeng Wattana was causing hardship to passenger van operators and local residents.

The red shirts formed their line about 100 meters from the barrier line of security guards of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). Gunfire was heard while the red shirts were confronting the PDRC guards, causing sending the motorcyclists and vans to flee before later regrouping.

Army officers near the scene rushed in to set up a line of barriers on the road to prevent the two sides from coming near each other. Police officers also joined the army officers in trying to control the situation.



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At least 36 people were wounded in Bangkok on January 17 when an explosion hit anti-government demonstrators marching through the capital, the city's emergency services center said. The movement's leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, was in the procession but was not wounded in the blast, protest spokesman Akanat Promphan said. Akanat said an explosive device was thrown into a truck driven by demonstrators that was several dozen meters ahead of Suthep. Several protesters were seen covered in blood on the Bluesky satellite TV that broadcast the incident live. Bullet holes could clearly be seen on the pick up’s trunk. Protesters were seen...

BKK bomb1At least 36 people were wounded in Bangkok on January 17 when an explosion hit anti-government demonstrators marching through the capital, the city’s emergency services center said. The movement’s leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, was in the procession but was not wounded in the blast, protest spokesman Akanat Promphan said.

Akanat said an explosive device was thrown into a truck driven by demonstrators that was several dozen meters ahead of Suthep.

Several protesters were seen covered in blood on the Bluesky satellite TV that broadcast the incident live. Bullet holes could clearly be seen on the pick up’s trunk. Protesters were seen running into a deserted building, trying to find the assailant who obviously threw the bomb from there.

The attack happened near Lotus Charoenphol shopping mall closely before Suthep was about to pass the area. Military police from the Army rushed to the scene to inspect the explosion. Army officers were seen on Bluesky showing what appeared to be bomb shrapnel to reporters.

Meanwhile, pro-government red-shirt supporters arrived on motorcycles and in vans on January 13 to challenge the anti-government protesters near the Chaeng Wattana rally site, a government complex in the north of Bangkok

Tension rose at the site at 11am when the red-shirts arrived together with a sound truck. They announced through the public address system that the rally at Chaeng Wattana was causing hardship to passenger van operators and local residents.

The red shirts formed their line about 100 meters from the barrier line of security guards of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). Gunfire was heard while the red shirts were confronting the PDRC guards, causing sending the motorcyclists and vans to flee before later regrouping.

Army officers near the scene rushed in to set up a line of barriers on the road to prevent the two sides from coming near each other. Police officers also joined the army officers in trying to control the situation.



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