Three dead, 70 wounded in Bangkok blasts: Deputy PM
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Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010, 00:08
Bangkok: A series of blasts that rocked Bangkok's business district late today killed three people and wounded more than 70, Thailand's deputy prime minister said.

"Three people died and more than 70 were injured," Suthep Thaugsuban told reporters.

Five grenades were fired into a crowd of pro-government demonstrators who were facing off with rival anti-government "Red Shirt" protesters in the heart of the Thai capital, officials and witnesses said.

Thai PM calls emergency security meeting after blasts

Thailand's prime minister called an emergency meeting with security officials today after a series of blasts rocked Bangkok's business district, leaving dozens injured.

The blasts rocked an area of the capital where hundreds of pro-government demonstrators were staging a rally to call for an end to weeks of mass protests by the anti-government "Red Shirts", amid a heavy troop presence.

"The prime minister has called an emergency meeting with security officials," said government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn, who said early reports suggested an M79 grenade launcher caused the blasts.

At least 45 people were wounded, according to three hospitals near the scene, including at least one foreigner.


First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010, 00:08

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