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Bangkok Shutdown: 7 seriously hurt in blasts; military urges end to crisis

Published on Jan 19, 2014 9:06 PM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Twenty-eight people were wounded, seven seriously, in explosions on Sunday at a camp of anti-government protesters in Bangkok, the latest violence in a prolonged political crisis dividing the country and threatening the Thai economy.

The explosion comes a day after the military urged both sides to settle their differences in the more than two-month long dispute, in which protesters are trying to bring down the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

"There were 28 people injured from the blast at the Victory Monument," Mr Suphan Srithamma, director-general of the Bangkok Emergency Medical Centre, told reporters. "Among these 7 people were seriously injured."

Witnesses said they heard two explosions. "The first blast I heard was from behind the stage," said Mr Teerawut Utakaprechanun, who told Reuters Television he had been turning out for the protests every day.

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