Thai police officer killed by gunshot in Bangkok clash
BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai policeman was shot dead as security forces clashed with opposition protesters during an operation to reclaim besieged government buildings in Bangkok on Tuesday, resulting in dozens of injuries and arrests.
The sound of gunfire and explosions shook an area of the city’s historic district just a short walk away from major tourist attractions, after riot police armed with batons, shields and helmets moved to clear rally sites.
“One policeman was shot dead and four injured,” Police Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri told AFP, adding that one of the casualties was seriously injured by shrapnel from a blast.
A total of 44 people were hurt, according to the city’s Erawan emergency medical centre.