National Security Council's chief Paradorn Pattanatabut on Monday dismissed as untrue a Navy warfare commander's claim that foreign forces were involved in the recent series of fatal attacks against anti-government protesters in Bangkok and Trat province.
Paradorn instead accused extremists who joined the rally under the guise of protesters as being behind the attacks.
Naval Security Warfare commander Vinai Klom-in had said that the random shooting and bomb attacks in border province of Trat which resulted in one girl dying, another remaining in a coma and many injuries were the work of “foreign forces."
“The violent incidents were triggered by extremists pretending feigning to be supporters of anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) at rallies,” Paradorn said.
The grenade attack in the Ratchdamri area, near the Ratchaprasong rally site, on Sunday killed at least three including a four-year-old brother and hi six-year-old sister.
Paradorn claimed the extremists’ objectives were to pressure for a change in the country’s administration and create misunderstanding among the public.
The shooting in Trat province on Friday night and the bombing at Ratchprasong rally site yesterday were related, he said, pointing out that rally areas and venues where PDRC protesters would move to were all risk zones with escalating violence.
“I can assure you that the government and pro-government groups were not involved in the violent incidents,” said Paradorn.