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Two soldiers shot, injured near STR rally site in capital

Forensic police yesterday inspected the scene where two plainclothes soldiers were shot while patrolling the Students and People's Network for Thailand's Reform (STR) rally site in Dusit district in Bangkok.

Lance Corporal Prasert Chansri and Master Sergeant First Class Chaiyan Lekpong both sustained gunshot wounds to the right shoulder on Saturday night and were sent to Ramathibodi Hospital.

They were among five soldiers conducting a standard motorcycle patrol on Soi Likhit, at the back of Wat Benchamabopit and not far from the STR rally, when the lead motorcycle carrying the two wounded soldiers was sprayed with bullets.

Two soldiers on the second motorcycle saw the incident and diverted to escape the hail of bullets while the soldier on the third motorcycle hid behind a tree 20 metres away from the scene.

Police found cartridges in 18 areas and one 11mm bullet at the scene.

The two injured officers are not yet able to give statements.

Pol Lt-Colonel Jarupat Thongkomol, deputy superintendent of Dusit Police Station, said forensic police had to check for what type of gun(s) were used in the attack.

National Police Chief General Adul Saengsingkaew has instructed police to remain vigilant to prevent similar attacks happening on plainclothes soldiers, deputy police spokesperson Colonel Witchayakorn Nichabaworn said. He also ordered investigators to conduct a thorough investigation and follow strict directives in handling the case, Witchayakorn said.




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