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Gunfire, explosions injure six in Bangkok ahead of Thai elections

Published on Feb 1, 2014 7:13 PM
Thai anti-government protesters wave national flags at a rally on February 1, 2014. At least three people were injured in pro- and anti-government clashes in capital Bangkok on Saturday. --PHOTO: AFP 

BANGKOK - An armed clash near a popular Information Technology mall in the Thai capital has left at least six including one journalist injured from gunfire and explosions, eyewitness accounts say.

Shooting and explosions rang through the busy Laksi area, sending people scrambling for cover. Pictures from the spot showed one man wounded by gunfire, and shoppers and passersby cowering inside buildings and behind walls. Famed photojournalist James Nachtwey was among the injured. 

The gunfire erupted at the Laksi intersection late afternoon and was still continuing an hour or more later, reports said. At least two explosions were heard in the area before the firing began.

“The clash point is the intersection, gun shots seemed to be fired from both sides,” said Sunai Phasuk, a senior researcher with New York-based Human Rights Watch, who was at the scene, told AFP. The firing started after talks between the rival groups broke down in the area, which is roughly split between Yingluck’s supporters and those backing the opposition protests, Mr Sunai added.  

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