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Thai army may step in if violence continues

It issues warning after attacks at anti-govt protest site leave 3 dead

Published on May 16, 2014 6:53 AM

The Thai army, which has stayed above the fray so far in Bangkok's political turmoil, warned yesterday it may be forced to intervene after pre-dawn attacks at an anti-government protest site left three people dead.

Warning the armed groups responsible to stop the attacks, army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said in statement: "If the violence continues then soldiers might need to step out to ensure peace and order."

It may have to use "full force", he said.

Attackers had launched grenades and shot at protesters camped out near Bangkok's Democracy Monument to demand the removal of the Puea Thai party-led caretaker government. It is not clear who is behind the attacks, as both pro- and anti-government supporters are known to have armed militants.

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