Grenade Attack Rocks Bangkok’s Criminal Court

An explosion presumably from a small Russian-made RGDS grenade rocked the Criminal Court on Bangkok’s Ratchadapisek Road after it was hurled into the court’s parking lot at around 8 p.m. Saturday night. Two men on a motorcycle who had reportedly been “under surveillance” by security forces, were arrested after a brief exchange of gunfire with military officials. The blast reportedly caused some damage but no casualties.
Police said the small grenade was the same type as was “used in a number of attacks on protesters during last year’s political rallies”, indicating that the assailants were affiliated with the “red shirt” group, and was “intended to create unrest and fear” in an attempt to challenge the military junta.
Following the attack, military officials chased the two assailants in a car, hitting their motorcycle and “causing it to fall to the ground. The two men resisted arrest, leading to a minor exchange of gunfire.”
According to reports, one of the assailants was hit four times and is being treated in hospital. The second suspect was taken into military custody for interrogation.
Thailand has been under martial law since the coup in May last year and is effectively under military rule. Political protests and criticism of the coup are strictly prohibited under the law, leaving dissidents virtually no space to voice their opinion. A fresh general election is not to be expected before April 2016.

Source: Bangkok Post, Bangkok Post

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