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Explosions hit Thai anti-government protest in Bangkok; 28 injured

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The blasts hit protesters as they're marching through the city
  • The latest round of demonstrations in Bangkok began this week
  • A number of violent incidents have flared around the protests
  • Protesters want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down

By Kocha Olarn

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- Two explosions rocked an anti-government protest in the Thai capital of Bangkok on Friday, wounding more than two dozen people, security and health officials said.

The blasts went off as protesters were marching in the streets, said Lt. Gen. Paradon Pattanathabut, the national security chief. The cause wasn't immediately clear.

Twenty-eight people were wounded and taken to hospitals, according to the Erawan Emergency Center, a medical unit monitoring the political unrest in Thailand.

Demonstrators demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra began their latest round of rallies -- dubbed the "Bangkok shutdown" -- in the capital Monday. But their numbers have shrunk over the course of the week.

Roughly 12,000 protesters were on the streets Friday, Paradon said. That's a fraction of the 170,000 people the government estimated had assembled Monday evening. Demonstrators say their numbers are far higher than official estimates.

Outbreaks of violence have flared around the protests this week. On Tuesday night, authorities reported the nonfatal shooting of two protesters, bus burnings, an assault on police officers and an explosive device being thrown at an opposition leader's house.

Akanat Prompan, a spokesman for the main protest group, said the blasts Friday were the first attack on demonstrators in daylight on a public street.

He said the first explosion took place about 30 meters from Suthep Thaugsuban, the leader of the protest group, and generated a lot of smoke.

But the situation wasn't too chaotic, he said. Marchers were able to continue on to the Lumpini Park area, one of their main rallying points.

 

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