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Kuwait, Oman tell their nationals to leave Thailand

Kuwait and Oman have advised their nationals to leave Thailand, according to a senior Foreign Ministry official.

Sek Wannamethee, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Information Department, said Kuwait and Oman have told their nationals to leave the country.

They are the first to have issued such advice to their people, as other countries have so far only advised their nationals against travelling to Thailand, or to avoid areas of protest in Bangkok.

The United Arab Emirates, another Middle Eastern state, has advised its nationals to postpone their trips to Thailand, he said.

So far, 46 countries have issued warnings for their nationals regarding the renewed political tensions in Thailand, according to Sek.

Meanwhile, violence continued yesterday against anti-government protesters and their key supporters.

Home-made "ping pong" bombs were thrown into a protest site near the Lat Phrao intersection before noon yesterday. Witnesses said two explosions were heard. The bombs were thrown from a van passing over the Lat Phrao flyover bridge. The protest site's guards on motorcycles managed to intercept the van and apprehended the two men inside.

The alleged assailants were later questioned by the protesters at the Lat Phrao venue. The two men are allegedly red-shirt members from Pathum Thani and one of them was found to be carrying an ID card for a red-shirt guard, according to Suchart Srisang, a protest leader.

The protesters were considering whether to hand over the alleged assailants to police, said protest leader Issara Somchai, who is in charge of the Lat Phrao site.

In Nakhon Pathom, unknown assailants fired gunshots into Or Noi Temple in the early hours yesterday. No injuries were reported.

It was the second consecutive drive-by shooting targeting the Buddhist temple, whose abbot Phra Buddha Issara is an anti-government protest leader.

Security-camera footage showed that the shots were fired from a passing car.


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