(13 January) A pair of assailants reportedly hanged a grenade on the gate to the house of an anti-government protest leader in Nonthaburi province.
The residence belongs to Mr. Rachen Trakulviang, the provincial coordinator of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD).
Police said 2 assailants wearing motorcycle helmets arrived at the house on a motorcycle at around 02.00 this morning, then proceeded to hang a RGB 5-type grenade on the gate of Mr. Rachen′s house and fled the scene.
The grenade has been defused by a EOD unit, and police are investigating the incident.
Previously, a group of assailants also fired their weapons at the coffee shop located in the headquarters of Democrat Party in Bangkok′s Samsen Nai subdistrict.
CCTV footage reveals that the assailants arrived on a Toyota Camry without a license plate at 02.12, before slowing down the vehicle and spraying bullets at the coffee shop. The shooters then sped away.
The coffee shop was closed at the time of the shooting, police said, but 6-7 supporters of anti-government protests were camping nearby. However, no injury had been reported.
A senior police officer suspects that the shooting was meant to escalate the political confrontation. Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, the chairman of Democrat Party, condemned the incident, calling it an act of intimidation.
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