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UPDATE: 31 injured after bomb was thrown at Bangkok protesters
Publication Date : 17-01-2014
Thirty-one protesters were injured when an unknown assailant lobbed a grenade at the procession led by People's Democratic Reform Committee secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban on Banthad Thong Road at noon Friday.
The explosion damaged a pick-up truck.
As of 3:18 pm, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Erawan Emergency Medical Services Centre reported that 31 people were injured in the bomb attack on Banthad Thong Road.
Twelve of the injured were rushed to the Ramathibodi Hospital, eight to Huachiew Hospital, three to the BMA Central Hospital, and eight to Chualongkorn Hospital.
Several protesters were seen covered in blood on the Bluesky satellite TV's live broadcast. Some of them were rushed away in a pick-up truck and a Siriraj Hospital ambulance rushed to the scene to pick up the rest of the injured. 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.
PDRC security officers said the bomb was lobbed from a three-storey building. The building is in the process of demolition.
The attack happened near Lotus Charoenphol shopping mall and happened 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 showing reporters what appeared to be bomb shrapnel.
Satit Wongnongtaey, a protest leader, said he would discuss security measures with Suthep, adding that the incident "wouldn't scare the people".
Satit said caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra must take responsibility for the violence.