April 22nd, 2010
07:28 PM ET

Thailand grenade attacks kill at least 2, wound dozens

Some of the injured are evacuated from a blast site in Bangkok Thursday.

[Updated at 7:28 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 1:05 p.m.] At least two people were killed in a string of grenade attacks in Thailand's capital that wounded dozens of others, the country's deputy prime minister said Thursday.

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[Updated at 11:22 a.m.] The Thai prime minister called an emergency meeting Thursday after five grenade explosions near anti-government protesters injured several people.

Estimates of the number of injured ranged from 13 to 30 as a result of explosions near a train station on Silom Road in the Thai capital. iReport: See photos from protest

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Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva plans to meet with emergency officials and top military leaders to discuss the explosions, said Panitan Wattanayakornn, a government spokesman.

The blasts happened near a train station where anti-government protesters known as the Red Shirts are gathered, said Col. Sansern Kaewkumnerd, spokesman for the Center for Resolutions under Emergency Situation.

[Updated at 11:06 a.m.] At least 30 people have been injured in several explosions near anti-government protesters in Bangkok, Thailand, a nurse said Thursday.Authorities are still trying to determine exactly how many people were hurt, said Naron Saengthaweepol, a nurse at the Erawan Emergency and Rescue Center.

Officials previously put the number of injured at 13.

[Posted at 9:51 a.m.] Three grenades exploded at a train station here Thursday, causing two minor injuries, an official said.

One Thai national and one non-Thai citizen were hurt after grenades exploded at a train station on Silom Road in the Thai capital, said Col. Sansern Kaewkumnerd, spokesman for the Center for Resolutions under Emergency Situation.

Authorities closed Silom Road after receiving a report of some explosions.

The Thai capital has been gripped by several weeks of clashes between government forces and anti-government protesters.

The explosions reportedly happened near a group of protesters, said Panitan Wattanayakorn, an acting government spokesman.

- CNN's Kocha Olarn contributed to this report.

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  1. amit

    as a neutral outsider what i observed was no action was taken against the yellow shirts protest some time back, but when the red shirts are using the smae tactics, the government is using army to stop the protests. surprisingly the king who spoke when the yellow shirts were protesting, is silent now. the last government was at least elected, this government is not. what it looks like is hypocrisy by the king,the thai military and the current government.

    April 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tomas Rybar

    It seems that the democracy poor people of Thailand want is the one where they get a loan and do not want to pay it back. If Thailand should have democracy under these conditions, giving voice to these people for above reasons, then it is called communism. The biggest Thanksin's problem was never a corruption, but the fact he gave voice to poor & uneducated. Once you open the floodgates of Communist cancer, that will take care of democracy you think you need for next 50 to 100 years... and you come out worse than you ever though you can imagine. Someone PLEASE open history books how communism spread in central and eastern Europe. You are following the exact footsteps of what already happen 60 years ago somewhere else. You are not that special as you think! Democracy is not always the answer! Not for Thailand and Not Now!

    April 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bangkokian

    The PM offered to have a new election within 9 months, These Red people simply could not wait, they are violent, hijacked military train and seized military weapons, firing M-79 to those who disagree with them.Anyway, Reds can do no wrong, always blaming it on other groups. And they will pay the price, I am sure.

    April 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bangkokian

    To 30, you are not realistic, even an engineer gets paid so little these days. It is financial system not about class war. What is the change you refer to? All people should get paid a million for their salary? Since we live in a free market world, the Richs would have more advantages and that is normal. You try to mix things that are not related. It is tragedy becuase Taksin and Reds try to over throw this elected government. Aphisit also got elected, and he became PM because Navin group joined Aphisit to form this government. LEt's get real....Reds keep refering about Freedom, Change, opportunity. But the simple fact is........you earn what you do in the Free Market World. You cant get admitted to Chula University if you dont study and do good in the entrance exam, You will never get into Harvard if you dont have a solid GPA and perfect SAT. Think about it, be more realistic. I also want to point out, public schools tuition in Thailand is as cheap as 6 Starbucks coffee per semester, most people just dont have vision or motivation to attend a higher education. It is there for them, within their community. Now they are saying that they are poor and hungry because there is no Democracy.

    April 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JUN

    it doesn't effect me much sonce im patana khan but the fact that thialnd is fighting
    just makes me sad.
    i always thought of Thailand a beautiful place where i will be safe and happy in

    April 26, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pantip

    I see several westerners (supposedly) posted comments on this blog. I assume these westerners are much better educated than the poor farmers in Thailand. Yet they fall prey to Thaksin's marketing ploy - believing that he is ... god ... or super capable politician. When (supposedly) well educated westerners are stupid enough to believe in Thaksin, how can we expect the poor farmers in Thailand to understand anything about buying votes and massive corruptions that Thaksin creates. Sigh ...

    May 23, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
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