Friday, May 7, 2010

Two Thai policemen killed in attacks near Bangkok protests

Posted: 08 May 2010 0900 hrs

Channel News Asia
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Policemen at the site of a blast at a local commercial bank's ATM booth on Silom road in Bangkok where a recent grenade blast killed two Thai policemen

BANGKOK: Two Thai policemen have been killed in attacks near anti-government protests in Bangkok, in a grenade blast and a drive-by shooting that also left 12 wounded, authorities said Saturday.

Police said in the early hours of the morning a grenade attack hit a security checkpoint in front of a city park that forms the edge of the protest encampment.

"Eight people including five police and three soldiers were wounded," the Bangkok Emergency Medical Service said. A hospital official said that one 35-year-old policeman died during surgery.

Earlier, one policeman was killed and four others -- two police and two civilians -- were wounded when a man on a motorbike opened fire on a patrol in the nearby Silom financial district, which is under heavy guard.

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