Suthep Escapes Bomb Blast, 36 Protesters Injured

Suthep Escapes Bomb Blast, 36 Protesters Injured
At least 20 protesters injured in bomb attack against Suthep's procession
At least 20 protesters injured in bomb attack against Suthep’s procession
BANGKOK – A small bomb has exploded near the area where protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was marching on Banthat Thong Road, with at least 28 demonstrators now reported to have been injured.
The bomb was intended on the life of protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban who is about 30 meters from where it landed.

The explosion forced protest leader Suthep to lead protesters back to Lumphini park, from its earlier scheduled at Pathumwan for the safety of protesters.

Rescue worker helps bomb victum in Bangkok
Rescue worker helps bomb victum in Bangkok

 

Of the injured, 15 were admitted to Ramathibodi hospital, 8 to Hua Chiew, and 2 to Chulalongkorn.

 

The protesters led by protest leader Suthep, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), was on the fourth day of the Bangkok Shutdown protest campaign.

 

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) police arrived at the scene at 2.10 p.m. and ordered people to leave the area as they believed there might be more bombs inside.

 

It was not known yet if the bomb was placed on the roadside but eyewitness said a bomb was thrown from a deserted building opposite Tesco Lotus super center near the Charoenpol intersection. The bomb landed onto the road just a few minutes before the protest leader would walk pass.

 

Witnesses also said they saw three men in green fatigues in the deserted building.

 

Suthep was said to be 30 meters from where the bomb landed.

 

Military personnel were sent to inspect the scene of explosion. A search of the vacant area surrounding the deserted building was jointly conducted by soldiers and security guards of the PDRC.

 

Sporadic gunshots were also heard during the search.

 

The search continued at 2.15 p.m. today as security guards believed they are still hiding inside the deserted building.

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