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Gun attack outside Democrats' HQ

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday that a late-night gun attack on a coffee shop in front of the party's headquarters was politically motivated.

After inspecting the A Big Sest coffee shop, which was strafed by gunfire at 2am Monday, Abhisit said that in light of continual attempts to intimidate Democrat Party leaders, he could only conclude that the motive was political.

Deputy National Police chief Pol General Aek Angsananont, who led investigators in inspecting the scene, agreed that the attack was an act of political intimidation. However, he said it was apparently not intended to cause harm to life because the attack took place at night and the bullets were aimed at a high angle.

He said footage from security cameras installed in front of the party headquarters showed the assailants approaching the site from Sam Sen Road in a sedan without licence plates.

Police suspected at least two men were involved - a driver and a shooter. The suspects escaped towards Rama VI Road.


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