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Explosion, gunfire continue to ring out near Bangkok protest site

Published on Feb 25, 2014 10:57 AM
Thai soldiers inspect the site of bomb blast near an anti-government rally in Bangkok on Feb 23, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - An explosion and gunfire rang out near a sprawling anti-government protest site in the Thai capital early on Tuesday after the protesters' leader warned that government supporters were planning to bring armed militants to Bangkok.

Weeks of unrest, in which protesters have barricaded key intersections of the city, have been interrupted by occasional bombs and gunfire, with one blast killing a woman and a young brother and sister in a central shopping district on Sunday.

There was another explosion and gunfire near one protest site on the edge of Bangkok's Lumpini Park in the early hours, national security chief Paradorn Pattanathabutr told Reuters.

Two men were wounded, medical sources said.

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