Two Anti-Government Protesters Killed in Drive-By Shooting

    Thai Buddhist monk Luang Pu Buddha Isara (R), one of the core leaders of anti-government protesters leads his followers to pressure policemen to apologize for firing teargas canisters and water cannons to them on a day before during a rally at the Police Club in Bangkok, Thailand, 10 May 2014 (DPA).

    By Peter Janssen (DPA)

    BANGKOK —  Two guards of the anti-government protest movement were shot dead Thursday and 21 other injured in two early morning attacks, medical officials confirmed.

    Unidentified assailants in a pickup truck opened fire on protesters camped out near Democracy Monument in western Bangkok about 3:00 am (2000 GMT Wednesday), killing two guards and wounding 19 people, the Erawan Emergency Centre said.

    In a second attack, a grenade was thrown at the protesters' street camp, injuring two more people, the centre said.

    At least 24 people have died in protest-related violence since November 30, when the first confrontation between anti-government and pro-government followers occurred in the now six-month long demonstration aimed at toppling the administration.

    Another 772 have been injured, the centre said.