Three hour attack on Bangkok protest site, 20 bombs — A three hour attack was launched against the main anti-government rally site at Lumphini Park in Bangkok, Thailand just after midnight early Tuesday morning in which gunfire and some 20 grenades were used, according to reports.
Two people were injured in the attack on the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) stage at the intersection of Silom and Rama IV roads in front of the main park entrance.
The first grenade explosion was heard shortly after midnight near the Thai-Belgian flyover near Lumpini Park’s Gate 4, said reports.
This was followed by gunfire in the same area, as well as in nearby Sala Daeng, Surawong, and the Henri Dunant intersection areas.
Then, from 1:55 to 4am, 18 bomb explosions could be heard near the Henri Dunant and Sarasin intersections, as well as gunfire around the Thai-Belgian flyover, according to a Bangkok Post report.
However, in spite of all this, the attackers were unable to enter the area around the main stage, which is under the control of PDRC guards who have the roads blocked off.
Vendors on Silom and Thaniya roads said they heard explosions for nearly two hours beginning just before 2:am, but none of them suffered injuries.
PDRC guards at 3am extended their road closure to Thaniya on Silom Road and searched the area for suspects, not allowing police or reporters to enter.
The protesters’ guards reportedly caught a suspect – a taxi driver who attempted to flee to Rama IV Road headed toward Hua Lumphong train station.
Very loud explosions were reportedly heard at 4:11am near near Lumpini Park’s Gate 5, which forced the park to shutdown.
Bangkok protest, there were also reports of three guards being shot at Gate 4, according to a Lumphini Station police officers.