Breaking News: 28 protesters injured in bomb attack against Suthep’s procession

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28 protesters injured in bomb attack against Suthep’s procession
The Nation/Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: An unknown assailant lobbed a grenade at the procession led by People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban on Banthad Thong Road at noon today, injuring 28 protesters.

As of 2:07pm, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Erawan Emergency Medical Services Centre reported that only 20 people were injured in the bomb attack on Banthad Thong Road.

However, fifteen of the injured were rushed to the Ramathibodi Hospital, eight to Huachiew Hospital, three to the BMA Central Hospital, and two to Chualongkorn Hospital.

Several protesters were seen covered in blood on the Bluesky satellite TV that broadcast the incident live. Some of them were rushed away in a pick-up truck and a Siriraj Hospital ambulance raced to the scene to pick up the rest of the injured. Bullet holes could clearly be seen on the truck’s trunk.

Protesters were seen running into a deserted building, trying to find the assailant.

PDRC security officers said the bomb was lobbed from a three-storey building. The building is in the process of demolition.

The attack happened near Lotus Charoenphol shopping mall.

It happened before Suthep was about to pass the area.

Military police from the Army rushed to the scene to inspect the explosion. Army officers were seen on Bluesky showing what appeared to be bomb shrapnel to reporters.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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