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One dead as gunman opens fire at Thai protesters

Published on Dec 28, 2013 9:27 AM
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An anti-government protester waves a Thai national flag during a rally at the Democracy Monument in central Bangkok on Dec 27, 2013. A Thai anti-government protester was killed and several others wounded after an unknown gunman opened fire on Saturday at a rally site near the government headquarters in Bangkok, emergency services said. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai anti-government protester was killed and several others wounded after an unknown gunman opened fire on Saturday at a rally site near the government headquarters in Bangkok, emergency services said.

The pre-dawn attack follows weeks of mass anti-government protests – seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra – that have triggered bloody clashes between police and opposition demonstrators.

“The dead man is in his 30s. He was shot in the torso,” a spokesman for the city’s Erawan emergency centre said.

Police confirmed the shooting but said its forensic team was unable to access the scene of the incident, which happened where a group of protesters was camped overnight near Government House.

 
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