Thailand: Shooting attack at protest site kills 1, injures 7 — One person was killed and seven injured in a shooting attack near the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee’s (PDRC) protest site early Saturday morning, say police sources.
The fatality was the result of gunshot wounds believed to be from an M16 rifle, according to sources.
The shooting took place at 2:45am between two groups of people near the Government Lottery Office and Khok Wua intersection at Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the Bangkok Post reported.
It was not known who was behind the shooting and unclear whether the injured were anti-govenment protesters or PDRC security guards.
A second attack reportedly occurred at 4 am Saturday morning when people in three cars and some 20 motorcyclists opened fire on protesters on Tanaosri Road near the Khao Sarn Road, according to The Nation news agency.
The PDRC is preparing a major rally on Monday to shut down Bangkok in an effort to oust the caretaker government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Ms. Yingluck on Friday voiced concerns over “third hand” groups taking the opportunity to incite violence.
In a separate incident on Friday, four people were injured, one seriously, when a PDRC march clashed with pro-government red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) supporters in Pathum Thani province just north of Bangkok.
Gunshots and giant firecrackers were heard in that clash, said reports.
Some 45 countries have issued travel warnings, many urging their citizens to stay away from rally sites, especially on Monday.
The United States embassy in Bangkok is urging its nationals to stock up on food, water, cash and other essential supplies.
The Philippine embassy has told its citizens to avoid displaying any red or yellow items, colors closely identified with the political groups involved in the ongoing turmoil. It also strongly discouraged participating or showing support in any form to any of the groups involved.