28 injured in 2nd bomb attack on Thai protesters: A bomb explosion at an anti-government protest rally on Sunday afternoon in Bangkok left 28 people injured. It was the second daylight bombing since Friday.
An unidentified man threw an explosive device behind the rally stage at Victory Monument near a press centre tent about 1:30pm and fled, according to Thaworn Senneam, a former Democrat MP and core PDRC co-leader in charge at the Victory Monument rally base.
Mr Thaworn said he believed the bomb was intended for him, but it hit a tree. The suspect was chased by security guards and protesters, and he threw a second bomb as he tried to get away, said reports.
As they continued chasing him, he fired a shot at them which left one person injured, and then fled on a motorcycle taxi, according to a Bangkok Post report.
The bomb thrower was believed to be one of six assailants at the scene. Prior to the incident, protest guards had spotted a suspicious-looking man and asked him to leave the rally site. Later, a group of suspicious-looking men were seen at the back of the rally stage, according to Mr Thaworn.
Two grenade safety levers and two grenade safety pins were found at the scene, he added.
The two explosive devices thrown at the protesters on Sunday afternoon were an RGD-5 type, the same as used in the Friday attack, according to Pol Col Khamthon Ouicharoen, an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialist attached to the Patrol and Special Operations Division.
On Friday, a bomb was hurled at protesters as they were marching along Banthat Thong Road, injuring 38 people. One of the injured, 46-year-old Prakong Chuchan of Nakhon Si thammarat, later died in the hospital.