At least 28 injured in grenade attacks at Victory Monument
January 19, 2014 00:00
By The Nation
Assailants lobbed two grenades near the rally site of the People's Democratic Reform Committee Sunday afternoon, injuring at least 28 people.
One of the injured is a Post Today reporter.
Witnesses, PDRC guards and earlier reports said five or six assailants arrived on motorcycles and walked to the area behind the rally stage. Then, a grenade was lobbed at the back of the stage but it hit a tree’s branch before landing near the reporters’ resting tent where the Post Today reporter was injured. The first explosion occurred at about 1:30 pm.
PDRC guards said they saw five or six men run to the side of the Ratchawithi Hospital. When guards and other protesters ran after them, one of them threw another grenade at them. The second grenade landed at near a street vendor, who was selling clothes. It happened about ten minutes after the first one.
The assailants then fled on waiting motorcycles, which fled to the direction of Tukchai Intersection.
Taworn Senneam, a PDRC leader in charge of the Victory Monument, told a press conference that the assailants apparently wanted to kill him at the first grenade was aimed at the direction where he was sitting.
He said he was discussing with a police officer from Phyathai police station about how to tighten security at the area.
He said he was not afraid of the attempt to kill him.
He said he had two witnesses who remembered the face of a suspect who ran and fled into Soi Wat Makok.
As of 4:30 pm, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)'s Erawan Emergency Medical Services Centre reported that 29 people were injured.
Nine injured people were rushed to Ramathibodi Hospitial, 13 to Ratchavithi Hospital, two to Phra Mongkut Hospital and four to Chulalongkorn Hospital.