2 killed in bombing Bangkok protest site: A 12-year-old boy and a 40-year-old woman were killed, and 22 others injured, in an apparent 40mm grenade attack at the Ratchaprasong anti-government protest site in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday afternoon, according to reports.
The attack occurred in front of the Big C Supercentre on Ratchadamri Road, opposite CentralWorld shopping complex, about 5pm. Big C closed the store after the attack.
The explosion was from a 40mm grenade launched from an M79 launcher, according to Metropolitan Police Bureau’s Division 5 chief Pol Maj Gen Suebsak Phunsura.
Lumpini station police and soldiers from the 1st Regiment rushed to the scene and sealed off the area, setting up checkpoints and searching for clues, according to a Bangkok Post report.
On Sunday night caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra condemned the deadly attacks on the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest stages in Trat on Saturday night and on Ratchaprasong Road on Sunday. The Trat attack killed a five-year-old child.
“I strongly condemn the use of violence in recent days that has caused many deaths both in Trat Province and especially at Rachaprasong today, which is particularly saddening and disturbing since the lives of children were lost,” the premier said in a statement posted on her Facebook page.
“My deepest condolences are for the victims who are injured and to the relatives and friends of those who lost their lives.
“The violent incidents are terrorist acts for political gain without any regard for human life. The government will not tolerate terrorism and has ordered a full investigation by authorities to find the culprits and bring them to justice without exception.”
PDRC leaders accused the caretaker government of being behind the armed groups who launched the attacks.
“These brutal attacks were the work of the servants of the Thaksin regime,” said PDRC co-leader Sathit Wongnongtoey.
Five violent incidents occurred from Saturday night until yesterday evening
PDRC leaders believe the attacks are linked to the Civil Court’s ruling last Wednesday which prohibited the government’s Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) from dispersing protesters and enforcing regulations that violate protesters’ rights. Bombing Bangkok / Image AP