[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific

One killed in Bangkok protest shooting

Officials say one protester dead and four wounded after gunmen open fire at convoy of anti-government demonstrators.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2014 09:51
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The protesters want PM Yingluck Shinawatra to resign to make way for an interim government [Reuters]

A Thai protester has been killed and four people wounded in a shooting at an anti-government march in the capital Bangkok, medical officials have said.

The Associated Press news agency reported on Tuesday that gunmen fired on a convoy of anti-government protesters.

Paradorn Pattanatabut, a security advisor to the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that initial intelligence suggested that the shooting was politically motivated.

The assailants fired unseen at a bus and a truck carrying demonstrators to their encampment in central Bangkok after they had protested at government offices north of the city.

A protest guard, Nasser Yeemah, said two women on a bus and two guards on a sound truck were wounded by the gunshots.

The Erawan Medical Centre, which monitors hospitals, said a 52-year-old man had died and four others were wounded in the incident.

It brought the death toll to 24, with scores wounded, since protesters took to the streets in November, in a bid to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office.

The protesters want Yingluck to resign to make way for an interim government to initiate anti-corruption reforms. 

178

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
Featured
Booming global trade in 50-million-year-old amber stones is lucrative, controversial, and extremely dangerous.
Legendary Native-American High Bird was trained in ancient warrior traditions, which he employed in World War II.
Hounded opposition figure says he's hoping for the best at sodomy appeal but prepared to return to prison.
Fears of rising Islamophobia and racial profiling after two soldiers killed in separate incidents.
Group's culture of summary justice is back in Northern Ireland's spotlight after new sexual assault accusations.