Court attack was'intimidation'

national February 18, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

Assailants responsible for an M79 grenade attack on the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road on Friday night intended the act to be intimidatory and not an attempt to kill, Deputy national police chief General Aek Angsananont said yesterday.

He based this on that fact the attack occurred on a holiday when the court was closed.
Police suspect the assailants came by car and were highly experienced in using a grenade launcher. A glass window was smashed in the attack. They will try to identify the suspects through security cameras.
Aek said there had been four M79 attacks since the anti-government rally started. One was at the Lat Phrao protest and another at Chatuchak market, which is under the jurisdiction of Bang Sue police.
There was also an attack at the Chaeng Wattana rally base, which is under Thung Song Hong police jurisdiction. The Criminal Court is under the jurisdiction of Phaholyothin police. 
Based on ballistics, police believe different groups were responsible for each attack.

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