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Child killed in grenade attack on anti-government rally in eastern Thailand

Published on Feb 23, 2014 10:35 AM

At least one person was killed and 34 injured when attackers hurled grenades and opened fire on an anti-government rally on Saturday night in eastern Thailand.

According to local media reports, the attackers arrived in pick-up trucks and opened fire as speakers were addressing the crowd at a market in the border province of Trat.

The victim was an eight-year-old girl who was at the market with her parents and was apparently hit by a stray bullet.

The latest outbreak of violence brings the death toll in Thailand’s ongoing political crisis to 17. More than 600 have been injured since late last year, when anti-government protesters took to the streets of Bangkok to oust the administration headed by caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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