PDRC guard injured by gunshot

An anti-government protest guard was injured by a bullet at Lat Phrao intersection shortly before Saturday midnight but is in a stable condition in hospital.

Somsak Pannoppa, 54, a resident of Songkhla, was shot in the back while he was guarding an entrance of the rally site at Lat Phrao. He was rushed to a hospital where his condition was declared stable. He is a guard for the anti-government protesters under the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

Phahon Yothin police rushed to the scene but only saw a pool of blood.

A witness told the police that while the guard was manning the entrance, there was a low noise and he fell face down. The witness saw a man under a pedestrian flyover flee on a motorcycle, but did not see the vehicle's licence plate number.

Pol Lt Witthawat Sakarint inspected the spot where the witness said he saw the attacker. He said no bullet shells were found. Police are checking footage of closed circuit cameras in the area.

In another development, at about 1am on Sunday police arrested two men carrying three giant firecrackers, a fake gun, a bullet and a knife when they tried to avoid a police checkpoint on Phahon Yothin road. 

The two men are Neramit Phienphailun, 36, and Narin Lamtee, 22. They said they were PDRC guards gcing to the rally site after work.

They had bought the giant crackers from a shop to be used against ill-intentioned people who might try to attack the protesters at night.

They were charged with illegally having ammunition in their possession and carrying a knife in public without a reasonable reason and violating an announcement banning people from carrying arms into restricted areas.

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