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Thai 'popcorn gunman' says he was hired by anti-govt protesters

Published on Mar 20, 2014 4:38 PM
 
This file picture taken on Feb 1, 2014, shows an anti-government protester shooting into a crowd of pro-government supporters with an automatic weapon hidden in a bag in the Lak Si area of Bangkok. A Thai gunman who gained national notoriety after opening fire at a political clash with an assault rifle in a popcorn bag said on Thursday he had been hired by anti-government protesters. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai gunman who gained national notoriety after opening fire at a political clash with an assault rifle in a popcorn bag said on Thursday he had been hired by anti-government protesters.

Images of the man, nicknamed the "popcorn gunman", went viral after he was seen during a dramatic gunfight with government supporters in Bangkok on Feb 1 wearing a balaclava and bulletproof vest.

He was hailed by some within the anti-government movement as a hero.

Wiwat Yodprasit, who was arrested on Wednesday and faces charges of attempted murder and possession of a gun, told reporters he had been trained to use the M16 rifle by the protesters' private security guards.

 
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