17 January 2014 16:15 | By MSN News
Bomb blast hits Bangkok protest march

A bomb blast hit an opposition protest march in the Thai capital on Friday, the latest in a series of attacks by unknown assailants against demonstrators seeking to oust the government



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Local media reported that at least 28 people were injured by the blast, which happened shortly before rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban was due to march past the spot.

Television footage showed several people lying on the ground as ambulances rushed away the wounded.  It is not yet known what type of explosive device was used.

Roughly 12,000 protesters were on the streets Friday, according to a spokesperson from the protest movement.

Protestors on Monday began their “Bangkok Shutdown”, which saw an estimated 170,000 people camp out at major intersections in the capital demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

They aim to curb the political dominance of Yingluck’s brother Thaksin Shinawatra, whom they believe is controlling the government through his sister.

This week has seen a spate of violence, ranging from gun shootings to burning of buses, assaults on police, and an explosive device thrown at an opposition leader’s house.

Eight people have been killed so far since street protests began more than two months ago, with the injured numbering in the hundreds.

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