TRAT – A five year old girl has been killed and 30 people injured at a night market in the Khao Saming district of Trat province late on Saturday.
Police Official Lieutenant Thanaphum Naewani, said the five-year-old girl had been standing at a noodle stall when the attackers, in two pick-up trucks, opened fire at the PDRC rally. She died from a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
He said the shooting in Khao Saming district of Trat province, 300 kilometres (185 miles) east of the capital, was believed to be politically motivated.
Police officials said unknown attackers in a pickup truck sprayed with gunfire and threw explosive devices into the crowd. Police Lieutenant Thanabhum Newanit said the attack took place at a market in Khao Saming district.
Many of the people there weren’t participating in the rally, and television footage showed overturned stools next to abandoned food carts, along with shell-casings on the ground and victims crowded into a local hospital.
In Bangkok an explosion has killed two people and wounded more than 20 others near an anti-government protest rally, a boy aged 12 and a 40-year-old woman died in the attack near the Central World shopping mall, Police officials said.
Fears of widespread violence have intensified in step with ongoing protests to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, with tensions soaring on both sides of Thailand’s stark political divide.
Most of the violence has taken place in or around Bangkok, where protesters are carrying out a self-styled “shutdown” of several key intersections across the city centre.
Seventeen people have been killed, both protesters and policemen, and hundreds injured in gunfire and grenade blasts linked to demonstrations.
New York-based Human Rights Watch accused both police and protesters of using live ammunition in clashes last week in Bangkok’s historic district in which five people were killed and dozens wounded.