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Two troops shot, injured allegedly by STR guards

Two troops in civilian clothes were shot and severely injured allegedly by security guards of the Students and People Network for Thailand's Reform late Saturday night, an Army officer said.

The shooting happened at 10 pm while five troops in civilian clothes were patrolling on Soi Likhit behind Benjamabophit Temple near the STR rally site.

The two injured troops were identified as Private 1st Class Prasert Chansri and Sgt Maj 1st Class Chaiyunt Lekpong.

Sgt Maj 1st Class Pairote Kuntha told police that he and four other troops in civilian clothes were patrolling the area when they were fired at by assault rifles.

Pairote said the fire was made from the bunker of the STR and the motorcycle of the two injured troops fell down. Then, two STR guards ran toward them and point their .38 revolvers at the two troops' head. Pairote said he had to stop to help his friends and told the guards that they were Army troops.

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