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Attack on Democrat's house 'could be political'

A fire-bomb attack early yesterday morning at the house of former Democrat Party deputy spokesman Chitpas Bhirombhakdi on Ramkhamhaeng Road in Bangkok's Bang Kapi district may have been politically motivated, police said.

The attack damaged the bonnet of the van that Chitpas used frequently when travelling to join the rally being staged by the People's Democratic Reform Committee on Rajdamnoen Road.

She has led several PDRC protest marches, including one to the Defence Ministry.

Witnesses said Chitpas returned home from the protest at about 1am, and a couple of

hours later, at 3am, four assailants on two motorcycles hurled four firebombs toward the fence of his two-rai residence. All the firebombs hit the van parked inside the compound.

During the incident, people in the house were asleep and nobody was injured. Security guards put out the fire within 15 minutes.

Pol Lt-Colonel Hassadin Noppawong na Ayuthaya, an investigator at Hua Mak Police Station, said police have advised Chitpas to install a security camera in front of her house. He said politics could be the reason behind the attack because Chitpas was a common sight on the stage at the rally site.

Deputy Metropolitan Police commissioner Maj-General Thitiraj Nonghanpitak said police had not been able to establish whether the assailants intended to kill anybody, but from what he saw, he believed it was only intended as a warning.


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