(5 March) A top governmental official has suggested that a grenade attack at an anti-government protest leader's resident might be an attempt to frame the government.
Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and adviser to the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), delivered the remark hours after a grenade was hurled at the residence of Mr. Nataphol Teepsuwan, a core member of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD).
Police received the report about the incident at around 03.00 today. An EOD team was promptly sent to the residence, which locates on Soi Sukhumvit 18 in Bangkok′s Klong Toey area.
At the scene the officers found an unexploded M19 A2 type grenade wrapped in a black tape. The police stated that the grenade′s pin was already pulled, but the tape locked the grenade its fuze together, preventing it from exploding.
A security guard at the residence told the police that he heard an object dropping near the front gate earlier, so he inspected the area with a flashlight and found the grenade. He said he immediately called the police.
The police later released a CCTV footage showing a pair of unidentified assailants approaching Mr. Nataphol′s residence on a motorcycle before hurling the grenade at its gate and speeding away.
A high-ranking police officer said a protective net around Mr. Nataphol′s house barred the grenade from entering its perimeter.
A "pipe bomb" was also previously thrown into Mr. Nataphol′s house on 28 February. Mr. Nataphol has accused pro-government militants of intimidating him for his campaign against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
However, Mr. Surapong of the CMPO said in a press conference today that he believes the grenade attack was a false flag operation to taint the government.
"This sort of incident is about stirring up the situation and blaming the other side," Mr. Surapong said, adding that the attack only stressed the need for the government to maintain the State of Emergency over Bangkok.
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