Bomb blasts, gunfire in Lumpini

Two people were slightly injured when the anti-government rally stage in Lumpini was attacked for three hours shortly after midnight.

About 20 grenades were reportedly used in the area, according to latest reports.

The first grenade came shortly after midnight near Gate 4 of Lumpini Park near the Thai-Belgian flyover.

Gunshots followed in the area, as well as near Sala Daeng and Surawong Roads and Henri Dunant intersection.

From 1.55am to 4am, more than 18 blasts were heard near Henri Dunant and Sarasin intersections while gunshots were reported around Thai-Belgian flyover. However, the attackers could not enter the area around the stage.

Vendors on Thaniya and Silom roads said they heard the blasts for almost two hours from before 2am. None of them were injured.

At 3am, PDRC guards extended their road closure to Thaniya intersection and searched the area for suspects. Reporters and police were not allowed to enter.

There were reports that the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) guards caught a suspect, a taxi driver who tried to flee to Rama IV Road heading for Hua Lumphong train station.

Suchart Srisung posted on his Facebook page at 4pm that very loud explosions were heard near Gate 5 of Lumpini Park at 4.11am, forcing a shutdown of the park.

A Lumpini station police officer confirmed three guards were shot at Gate 4.

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Discussion 1 : 03/03/2014 at 12:43 PM
Thai police and 'investigate'?Are you joking?
Discussion 2 : 02/03/2014 at 11:45 AM
Discussion 3 : 26/02/2014 at 07:48 PM
Friends of mine were partying in Silom that night. Apparently, it's not just 2 people who were slightly injured, but 3 Thais and 2 foreigners who were killed outside of Silom soi 2. Who is telling the truth?
Discussion 4 : 25/02/2014 at 02:59 PM
Interesting reading these comments. Noticed that some pro-PRDC people are quick to lay blame to red-shirts and pro-government people, yet refuse their share of responsibility in the current crises. A person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, so the police need to investigate yet blocking them just hinders and contaminates the crime scene. Since the protests have started, why hasn't some PRDC leaders go to court when they were ordered to? Imagine the outcry if the PM did that. Applying a double standard does not help. Maybe that should be the first place to start, one standard of law applied to all.
Discussion 5 : 25/02/2014 at 02:46 PM
How did the perpetrators obtain 20 grenades used in the attacks? Is Thailand descending into a slowburn version of the Ukraine situation?
Discussion 6 : 25/02/2014 at 02:03 PM
You don't seriously expect the police to protect PDRC rallies, do you?
Discussion 7 : 25/02/2014 at 12:28 PM
This is right next to my office, scary indeed and the way it looks like there will be more bombings and shootings in the weeks to come. Thailand cannot develop under such turmoil, be it IT, education or training a competent workforce -while the rest of the world moves on. Maybe time to look for a more stable and supportive country, as much as I love Thailand. This is crazy.
Discussion 8 : 25/02/2014 at 11:53 AM
Constant attacks for hours and neither the police nor the army were able to catch anybody? Amazing Thailand!
Discussion 9 : 25/02/2014 at 10:39 AM
If the guards catch a suspect and he admits to what he has done, will the guards hand him over to the Police? I wonder because the protesters will think that the Police will probably release him for lack of evidence in order to protect certain people.
Discussion 10 : 25/02/2014 at 10:28 AM
Why do these "guards" appear in total control? Where were the police for 3 hours? Asleep?
Discussion 11 : 25/02/2014 at 09:50 AM
The PDRC guards need to start video recording the people they catch, with the weapons they recover, and posting the videos on YouTube. This will give the police the evidence they can't seem to come by themselves, and need to catch the bombers, and shooters, as they don't seem to be able to do it on their own. What happened to the shooter the PDRC guards turned over to the police over a month ago?
Discussion 12 : 25/02/2014 at 09:28 AM
Well, looks like the thugs have been called up in force. How many grenades in the past few days? And the police seem totally unable to do anything about it? While the Reds beat their war drums? But of course it is as always the third hand that is perpetrating this terrorism.
Discussion 13 : 25/02/2014 at 09:28 AM
Not a "walk in the park" for sure...
Discussion 14 : 25/02/2014 at 09:25 AM
Police were not allowed to enter? These so called guards are nothing but thugs with a power trip to match there egos.
Discussion 15 : 25/02/2014 at 09:20 AM
Yingluck will be very disappointed the Red Shirts were extremely unsuccessful in their first foray into Bangkok.

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